ALA Preconference: Project Outcome: Data for Impact & Improvement

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Project Outcome ( helps public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs. It is designed to give libraries simple tools and supportive resources to help turn better data into better libraries. This community is for Project Outcome users at public libraries to discuss their use of outcome measurement, ask each other about patron engagement strategies, and further the thoughts and conversations that begin with Here, you can find various threads to ask and answer questions, start your own conversations, or further your own learning about how libraries are using outcome measurement to improve their patron-focused programs and services.
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When:  Jun 23, 2023 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM (CT)

This interactive pre-conference workshop is designed to help public library professionals successfully evaluate their libraries’ programs and services using Project Outcome. The first half of the workshop covers strategies for identifying community needs, setting goals, measuring outcomes, and administering surveys. In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn how to analyze data and take action with results, and hear about how other libraries have made the most of their data. Throughout the workshop participants will work to develop an implementation plan that they can put into action at their libraries.


This workshop is intended for all public library staff and administrators who are interested in making improvements to the library’s programs and services. The workshop and focus on Project Outcome is particularly relevant to those who interact directly with library users and those who conduct evaluations. Attendees are not expected to have any data expertise or previous experience with Project Outcome. Prior to the workshop, we recommend that participants register for Project Outcome ( and review basic materials in the toolkit.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what outcome measurement is and how it relates to other types of impact measurement
  • Identify strategies for aligning outcome measurement with community needs and library goals
  • Use the Project Outcome toolkit to administer surveys, analyze results, and create reports
  • Discuss challenges and strategies for effective outcome measurement
  • Take action with outcome data
  • Understand how other libraries have used Project Outcome
  • Leave the workshop with a plan to successfully implement Project Outcome at your library


Ticketed Event Rates

Early: $149  |  Advance: $149  |  Standard: $199

Other Member:
Early: $149  |  Advance: $149  |  Standard: $199

Early: $199  |  Advance: $199  |  Standard: $249

PLA Member Discount:
Early: $119  |  Advance: $119  |  Standard: $149


McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
Chicago, IL 60616