Monitoring and evaluation in Africa

The British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) has been developing an information literacy programme over the past two years which includes course materials and an online network for trainers and practitioners to share best practice.

As part of this programme, BLDS and RIN are working together develop a monitoring and evaluation toolkit, including practical examples, to inform the development and impact measurement of information literacy training. Much of the work that BLDS have been doing has been within an African context and so the intention is to develop a toolkit for African trainers of information literacy which will be widely disseminated. This toolkit will include practical tools such as pre and post-course questionnaires, as well as case studies illustrating how these tools can be used.

BLDS and RIN are consulting widely in order to set out a toolkit that genuinely reflects the circumstances and needs of trainers in Africa. In the first instance,we disseminated a questionnaire to probe how information literacy training is monitored and evaluated in a range of institutions – principally, but not exclusively, university libraries in Africa. Building on the results, we organised a workshop in Centurion, South Africa, on 15-16-17 February 2012 (programme and list of participants below), which was an opportunity to enrich the findings from preliminary survey and to enter into a dialogue with professionals from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. This will serve as a basis for the collective development of the toolkit. An initial version of this is expected to be completed in May.


In the meantime, a poster has been produced to set out, in an attractive and engaging way, the concept of the toolkit, and the relationship between its proposed elements. This was presented at the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC2012) in Glasgow on 11-13 April.

For further information, please contact Stéphane Goldstein at RIN or Siobhán Duvigneau at BLDS.

Centurion wshop – programme
Centurion wshop – participant list