Libraries Build Business
Use this new resource guide to effectively measure the impact of your library's small business programs. The guide covers using the Project Outcome Economic Development survey and other monitoring and evaluation tools developed by ALA's Libraries Build Business (LBB) program. This resource appears in the Outcome Measurement Guidelines.
One of the participants in the LBB program, Topsham Public Library, Maine reflects on advancing their work supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs and developing the Employment and Business Entrepreneur Center in a new case study. The library integrated evaluation tools such as the Public Library Association’s Project Outcome and the LBB Monitoring and Evaluation framework to better understand community needs, interests, and the library’s impact.
On-demand webinar: Project Outcome 101
New to Project Outcome? View this free webinar recording to learn about everything the toolkit has to offer. Learn how to measure meaningful learning outcomes at your library and how Project Outcome can help at every step in the process, from administering surveys to presenting the results.
What is Project Outcome?
We help libraries understand and share the true impact of their services and programs with simple surveys and an easy-to-use process to measure and analyze outcomes. Project Outcome is a free toolkit offering libraries access to training, data analytics, and standardized surveys that measure outcomes in key library service areas:
Services to inform, enrich, preserve, and promote community engagement, ranging from government issues to recreational activities. Examples include: Cultural Activities, Government Services, or Civic Engagement services and programs.
Services to access technology, build technology-related skills and confidence, and make beneficial use of digital resources and services to meet patron needs. Examples include: Technology Usage Skills, Internet Education, or Computer Education services and programs.
Early Childhood Literacy
Services to improve early literacy and learning skills to prepare children ages 0-5 for school. Examples include: Storytime, Parenting/Child Development, or Every Child Ready to Read services and programs.
Services to improve business start-up and development skills. Examples include: Business Development or Starting Your Own Business services and programs.
Services to gain and impart new knowledge and skills, improve academic performance, and engage in a variety of lifelong learning activities. Examples include: Book Club Reviews, Author Discussions, Education Classes or Labs, or Bookmobile services and programs.
Services to improve the health of patrons and their families. Examples include: healthy cooking, healthcare information, exercise, or health and wellness services and programs.
Services to improve the skills needed to find and apply for jobs and advance careers. Examples include: resume help, job fairs, or job search services and programs.
Services to provide fun, engaging, and continuous reading opportunities throughout the summer and limit learning gaps for school-aged children. Examples include: Summer Reading for Adults, Teens, and Children.