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close this bookAfrican Journals Distribution Programme: Evaluation of the Pilot Project (DFID, 1994, 20 p.)
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View the documentOUTLINE OF THE PILOT PROJECT
View the documentEVALUATION: ITS PURPOSE AND METHODOLOGY
View the documentFINDINGS
View the documentDISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS
View the documentRECOMMENDATIONS
View the documentAPPENDIX 1: JOURNALS AND LIBRARY SUBSCRIBERS
View the documentAPPENDIX 2: LIBRARIES AND JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
View the documentAPPENDIX 3: EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS

EVALUATION: ITS PURPOSE AND METHODOLOGY

Evaluation was planned as an integral part of the pilot project; journals and libraries were informed that this was a condition of participation. Its aim was to find out answers to the following questions:

· are the journals capable of sustaining publication?

· are the journals capable of sustaining distribution?

· is distribution by post within Africa reliable as a means of delivery?

· have the journals managed to use the extra subscription income in ways that will improve their sustainability?

· have the journals been used in teaching and research?

Journals and libraries were asked to co-operate in collecting data and submitting this to IAI (Appendix 3):

· journals were asked to complete and submit a despatch form

· journals were provided with ideas on how to use the subscription income and asked to make a report on what they did

· libraries were asked to complete and submit a receipt form

· libraries were asked to publicize and record the use made of the journals

The evaluation methodology was explained to both the journals and the libraries in a separate letter that included copies of the data collecting instruments. Reminders (and acknowledgements of data received) were included in all letters that concerned other aspects of AJDP. A final letter was sent in early June, giving the end of June as the last date for receipt of evaluation forms and reports.