Latest Evaluation Findings
This report provides a comprehensive look at the project from its inception in 2011 through 2014, when new libraries opened in the first nine schools.
It builds on earlier reports prepared by the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC), which were prepared to assess and help strengthen the Project in its first two years. In 2014, the Foundation commissioned Nanette Falkenberg to work with BERC to prepare a report tracing the development and progress of the Library Project over its first three years and to comment on areas where the Project might be strengthened.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Because the Weinberg Foundation desires this project to be a successful model for years to come, it has partnered with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) in order to evaluate the impact of these spaces within the school community. The Foundation has partnered with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) since 2011 in order to evaluate the impact of renovated libraries within the school community. The first two evaluations, covering year 1 and 2 school libraries are found below.
Library Impact Studies
In May of 2013, the Foundation commissioned a summary report that would clearly and concisely summarize the current research that has been conducted surrounding the impact of school libraries. In doing so, our goal was to demonstrate the process used to develop effective libraries and to ensure we were following best practices in the field.