E-News: January 2021

January 07, 2021

Happy New Year!


From the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Project Outcome team, we want to wish you a happy, healthy, and hopeful 2021. PLA is here to support your library and community, especially when it comes to measuring and increasing the impact your programs and services are making. Be sure to check out these new Project Outcome features and join us for our upcoming events!



New Features


Based on feedback you’ve provided, we’ve been working to improve Project Outcome. Check out these new developments:

  • The survey management tool has a fresh interface, making it easier for you to find past surveys you’ve created.
  • Explore and visualize your open-ended responses using the new qualitative data dashboard.
  • Save visualizations from the data dashboards and add them to custom reports.

Watch the recording of a webinar demonstrating these new features.



Free Webinar for New Users


Are you interested in measuring learning outcomes to drive change, make data-informed decisions, and demonstrate the impact of programs and services at your library? We are offering a free, one-hour webinar to introduce you to everything the Project Outcome 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.


Register now to join us on March 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm Central.



ALA Midwinter Virtual


Register by January 15, 2021 to attend ALA Midwinter Virtual. Members of PLA’s Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Committee will present a News You Can Use program, “Work Smarter, Not Harder: Public Library Data Resources and Tools for Planning, Improvement, and Advocacy.” Join us to learn about ongoing initiatives that can help you effectively use data to demonstrate impact even during the pandemic.