Supervising Social Scientist
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Matt Birnbaum is the Supervising Social Scientist at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Holding a PhD in urban and regional planning, Matt has been in the evaluation profession for over 25 years, and during that time span he has worked in the academic, non-profit, public and private sectors on a wide array of issues, including social services, education, economic and community development, biodiversity conservation and cultural services. He arrived at IMLS in 2010, and since then has fostered improved capabilities in evaluation, performance measurement and statistical monitoring practices. He co-led the Measuring Success initiative at IMLS with state libraries, which revamped the State Program Report (SPR) into an administrative reporting tool for use in performance measurement and enhanced compliance. This tool includes survey-based measures that align with PLA’s Project Outcome initiative as well as a public portal that allows others to do customized queries of the data. As the supervising social scientist within the Office of Impact, Assessment, and Learning, Matt also oversees IMLS’s two longstanding census surveys of libraries that are part of the federal statistical system – the biennial State Library Administrative Agency (SLAA) survey and the annual Public Libraries Survey (PLS). Current efforts with both collections involve trialing new approaches for enhancing the utilization and quality of these data. He has published dozens of manuscripts for practitioners, policy makers and peers, including authoring “Changes in Library Evaluation: Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship” that appeared in a 2012 volume of Advances in Librarianship. While not at work, Matt is frequently on his bicycle on the roads in and around Washington, DC.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM