Project Evaluation

Latest Evaluation Findings

In 2014, the first evaluation began on The Baltimore Library Project. The Foundation commissioned Nanette Falkenberg to work with Baltimore Education Research Consortium (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.

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.

This report provides a comprehensive look at the project from its inception in 2011 through 2014, years one through three, when new libraries opened in the first nine schools.

Currently another evaluation of years one through seven of the project is in process. This evaluation will include libraries in the first thirteen schools and is anticipated to be completed by 2022.

Report on the Baltimore Library Project: Years 1-3

Executive Summary

Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)

The Weinberg Foundation desires this project to be a successful model for years to come. It partnered with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) 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.

Year 1 Report

Year 2 Report

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.

One of the Library Project’s most tangible, impactful connections with the community is SummerREADS.

In 2014, the Weinberg Foundation assessed the impact of SummerREADS as part of the larger evaluation of The Library Project. The report, released in 2015, found that SummerREADS effectively reduced summer reading loss for students who regularly attended the program. Additionally, pics and videos of the SummerREADS program can be found here.