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CityLIS Research Seminar: "Impact Evaluation of Information Literacy initiatives: Case study of EU Erasmus+ projects in the Western Balkans" Jerald Kavanagh




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This research aims to investigate ways in which the impact of EU and similarly funded projects can be evaluated beyond the immediate conclusion of the project work.

The research is based on a sample evaluation of two projects carried out in the Western Balkans, within the field of Library Development and Information Literacy. The research is focused on the use of Contribution Analysis to prepare a Theory of Change (ToC) which will then be used to determine whether or not, or to what extent, a project may be considered impactful.

The potential of this approach to be used for evaluation of other projects will then be assessed. This research may have implications for other EU projects beyond the Library and Information Literacy field and beyond the Western Balkans regions. The ability to demonstrate the impact of these Western Balkans EU funded projects may have a far reaching effect on other projects and other regions.

The research will suggest methods to improve the monitoring and assessment of projects and to demonstrate the impact of projects in a more translucent way. Openness and Transparency are key communication principles used by the EU to communicate with its citizens and stakeholders. Demonstrating the Impact of Tempus and Erasmus+ projects will not only help strengthen outcome reports and project outputs, but also examine how participants were affected, what was gained, what worked and what did not, and whether expectations met reality.

About the Speaker

Jerald Cavanagh BSc Econ, MSc, MA is Director of Library Services at Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland.

He is a librarian by profession and has qualifications to Master's Level, including MA in Educational Planning and Management (Honours) from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO, Paris as well as MSc in Learning Technologies (Honours) (2005) from the National College of Ireland (NCI) and a Post graduate qualification in e-Learning. He has a BSc Econ in Information and Library studies for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

He is project leader of several large-scale European Union funded projects. These include major international projects involving the capacity building and modernisation of libraries and the development of Information Literacy in regions such as the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, China, Russia, and Central Asia, among others.

Jerald has been instrumental in promoting new technologies and service concepts in libraries and is project leader in several projects including 3D printing support service for innovative citizens. This project teaches Librarians to take the lead in training the library users in the use of 3D Printing technologies. Another innovative project entitled Introducing Intellectual Property Education for Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy is aimed at introducing education in the field of Intellectual Property, in the curriculum of Technical Universities, through training librarians and teaching support staff in Intellectual property applications and concepts.

Jerald has received numerous awards for his work in LIS field, including the European Projects Association award for Distinguished effort in the Development of the European Union through European Projects and for efforts in building a better society. He won awards at the Irish Education Award for Best International Research Project Collaboration and the Best Library Team in 2018.

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4.00pm - 5.00pmFriday 12th February 2021