Public library services put people on the path to literacy, technological know-how, or a better job – but what we are often missing is the data to show it. Outcome measurement helps libraries answer the questions: How can we better measure and demonstrate our community impact? What good did our services do?
Would you like to implement outcome measurement in your library? Join us for this free Project Outcome Regional Training, a full day, in-person workshop on Thursday, Oct. 5, 9am at the High Point Museum in High Point, NC. At this workshop, a Project Outcome trainer will facilitate the planning process for implementing outcome measurement using Project Outcome tools. You will learn how to deploy the Project Outcome standardized outcome surveys in your library, collect and use resulting data, and leverage the project's support network to ensure successful adoption. Be a part of a cohort of public libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome to drive change, influence decision making, and demonstrate the impact of their library’s programs and services on the community.
The goal of Project Outcome is to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services. Project Outcome, an initiative of the Public Library Association, provides simple tools and a supportive online community of library leaders to help public libraries collect insights and data about all the ways we are meeting the needs of our communities. This understanding can improve the way public libraries do business – from allocating existing resources more efficiently to advocating for new resources more effectively. Project Outcome is an initiative of the Public Library Association. For more information, visit www.ProjectOutcome.org.
Prior to this workshop, you must commit to completing pre-workshop assignments, including reviewing your library’s strategic goals and some introductory Project Outcome materials.
During this workshop, you will:
- Review Project Outcome surveys and tools.
- Identify goals for outcome measurement in your library.
- Explore best practices for selecting and administering Project Outcome surveys.
- Hear examples from the field of how to use outcome measurement results for ongoing programming changes and decision-making processes, advocacy, support, and fundraising.
- Discuss outcome measurement as it relates to strategic planning for the library and the community.
- Create a plan for implementing Project Outcome.
Following this workshop, you will be invited to participate in two follow-up virtual meetings to continue learning, collaborating, and to receive support from the Project Outcome trainer and peers in your cohort as you begin your implementation plan.
Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for libraries interested in using Project Outcome to start measuring the outcomes of their programs and services. The target audience for this workshop is library directors, managers, supervisors or staff who will be responsible for managing or overseeing the implementation of Project Outcome. This may vary depending on the size and organization of your library. We recommend that you send as many as 1-3 staff members from your library or library system. This workshop is open only to NC public library staff.