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Building a Digital Repository Program with Limited Resources by Abby Clobridge

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Assessment

Introduction

Assessment, or the process of gathering data to use for purposes of evaluation and making decisions, is an important (and yet often overlooked) area for program developers and project managers. Assessment is the method of measuring performance against clearly stated, defined goals and objectives. It is the iterative process of setting goals, gathering data, analyzing results, evaluating performance, and then recalibrating accordingly.

Assessment for digital repositories needs to occur at various points: at the program level (is the program achieving its goals? Are services meeting users’ needs?), the collection level (is this particular collection meeting its goals?), and the systems or interface level (are users ...

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