Notes on "Know Thy Project"

Know Thy Project: What Creation and Analysis of an Online Data Stream Can Teach You About Output and Efficiency
R. Niccole Westbrook, Coordinator of Digital Operations, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX

  • Every person on the team collects data
  • Make sure that staff understand why the data they’re collecting is useful.
  • Have a plan for all data collected.
  • Use incentives.
  • Log the hours spent collecting data into a calendar, such as Google calendar.
  • It’s important to know how many hours are being put in on a project so that we can revise if needed.
  • Have staff log any issues they’ve had with collecting data.
  • Using forms within Google Docs (now called Google Drive) is a good way for staff to collect data from any location.
  • These forms can be exported into Excel for analysis.
  • Compare how much work has been produced year after year.
  • Why has the workflow increased/decreased? In what ways can we improve?
  • Make sure that data collection & analysis doesn’t take any more than 5-10 minutes per day.
  • Flawed data is better than no data.
  • Quality control decisions are made 1st with policies and then through data collection & analysis.

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