This week we had a JISC Content Programme Evaluation and Impact workshop in London, at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) offices in the Centre Point building.
The workshop was the first opportunity for the various projects to get together in our new clusters. The clusters were organised by our JISC Programme managers to promote sharing of information and support within similar projects, and also for us to act as ‘critical friends’ for each other.
We’re in a cluster with Manuscripts Online, Navigating 18th Century Science and Technology: the Board of Longitude and Rhyfel Byd 1914-1918 a’r profiad Cymreig/Welsh experience of World War One 1914-1918.
In our clusters, we discussed how we could measure the impact of our projects. We also talked about the importance of setting up baseline measurements so that, in the future, we have something to compare our statistics with. Our group found that most of us currently have a physical archive and that we can measure the requests and visits made to these archives at the moment. These are generally very low, as they are not easily accessible. One of the great advantages of digitising records is to make them available to a much wider audience.
I found it useful to be in a cluster with institutes that have had previous experience of working with JISC, as we could discuss ways in which we could collect the metrics that JISC are interested in, such as how to use Google Analytics, Google Scholar and Scopus to help evaluate and measure our projects’ impact.
But mainly I’m just glad the air conditioning was working in the HEFCE offices. Phew.