Getting Started

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Shaping Outcomes can be taught as a stand-alone course or as an embedded course in another class. Although the simulations or case studies are specific to museums and libraries, the concepts, structured methods, and practice of outcomes-based planning and evaluation are valuable tools for students and faculty in a variety of disciplines in the arts and humanities, social sciences, or sciences.

If you are interested in teaching a stand-alone or embedded Shaping Outcomes course, contact the project manager at

If you have already arranged to teach Shaping Outcomes, the best way to prepare for teaching is to work through the course yourself beforehand, using the practice scenario examples, library examples, or museum examples, depending upon your expertise and professional environment.

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To help instructors and participants get started, Shaping Outcomes includes several useful tools:

Instructor's Manual

Course orientation

Logic Model

Case Studies for libraries OR museums


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