May 20, 2022

Technical Report: “Methodological Guide for Implementation and Evaluation of Open E-Textbook Programs: Impact on Costs and Learning Outcomes”

From the Abstract:

The technical report, “Methodological Guide for Implementation and Evaluation of Open E-Textbook Programs” was published (2019) by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service.

In order to draw evidence-based conclusions about publicly funded programmes and interventions, there is an interest in impact assessment.

This Methodological Guide is meant to provide assistance on conducting evaluations of public initiatives focused on the provision of open digital textbooks. Such textbooks are in a digital format and made available publicly online. When funded through public funds, it becomes important to understand the possible costs and savings. Therefore, the Guide focuses on exploring the costs and savings associated with such initiatives, and on the other hand, estimating their impact on learning outcomes (e.g. exemplified as academic achievements).

The Guide aims to be generic drawing on experiences gained from an independent evaluation of a Polish public program that produced open digital textbooks. Therefore, the methodology presented in this Guide can also be used to analyse programs focused on other types of digital content in education.

The long-term aim of the Guide is to promote the proper evaluation of such initiatives in the future.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.