Assessment requires approval, whether from your department organization or institutional review board or IRB. Determine stakeholders who need to provide approval for your assessment project at its many stages: Ideation, proposal, and findings review and implementation.
Use your statement of purpose for conducting the assessment as a touch point for your program. Use the statement to:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was created in part to monitor human based research to ensure ethical practice when research is conducted with human beings. Two considerations are primary when beginning to conduct assessment.
Even if you are not conducting research that requires IRB approval, you may have other stakeholders whose approval is imperative for the success of your assessment. Some examples:
It may be helpful to identify:
From: Burke, J., & Prater, C. A. (2000). I'll grant you that: A step-by-step guide to finding funds, designing winning projects, and writing powerful grant proposals. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Understanding your project and stakeholders is an essential part of assessment. Some soft skills come into play when getting approval for conducting assessment within your organization. Consider assessing your own abilities in these areas and work to improve or sharpen skills as needed.
Erickson, S., and S. Passonneau (2014), Addendum: Five Knowledge and Skill Areas for Assessment Librarians, in Library Assessment Conference, edited by S. Durso, S. Hiller, M. Kyrillidou, and A. Pappalrdo, pp. 132–133, Association of Research Libraries, Seattle, WA.
LibQUAL+ Procedures Manual - (https://www.libqual.org/about/about_lq/top_resources) - this resource is specific to the ARL LibQUAL+ module, yet in the overview it provides best practices you can extrapolate for conducting your own assessment.
"ACRL Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators", American Library Association, January 23, 2017. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/assessment_proficiencies (Accessed April 15, 2019) Document ID: 498fde98-4c4b-fc94-a5f7-9b6decd8a2e9
"Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators." (PDF) Presentation slides from 2016 ARL Library Assessment Conference, Proceedings document. Includes information on skills and proficiencies beneficial to library staff who conduct assessment.