Outcome Measurement Made Easy
Resources and Tools to Create Surveys and Analyze Outcome Data at Your Library
Responses collected through our surveys
Libraries that have created surveys
Webinar: Planning for Summer Reading Surveys
September 26, 2018, 1:00 PM Central
It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s summer learning programs! Measuring the outcomes of programs and services helps libraries with decision making, program improvements, advocacy, and funding requests. PLA staff gathered stories from libraries participating in Project Outcome to create implementation tips and best practices to help libraries feel confident implementing Summer Reading surveys next year. Learn how libraries have used the standardized Summer Reading surveys to measure the success of their summer learning programs and demonstrate their impact in the community.
Starting September 1, 2018, Project Outcome is consolidating its website development, support, and maintenance services under a single provider, Community Attributes, Inc. Currently the website platform is managed by two different companies, and Community Attributes handles the Project Outcome summary reports and data dashboard visualizations. By using a single provider for all website services, we hope to produce an overall better user experience. We thank you in advance for your patience during this transition. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Ways to Engage with Project Outcome:
- Regional Training Workshops: Bring an expert trainer to your region to facilitate the planning process for implementing outcome measurement using Project Outcome.
- Conference Programming: Bring Project Outcome staff to your state or regional conference to help support libraries get started measuring outcomes.
- Custom Group Accounts: Not a public library but work with them? Interested in measuring outcomes of specific library projects or grant-supported programs? Create a custom group account to create surveys and analyze data for your member libraries.
What is Project Outcome?
We help public 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 seven 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 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.