PLA’s Project Outcome creates webinar partnership with Edge and Impact Survey to support library assessment needs

August 11, 2016

Wed, 08/10/2016



Samantha Lopez
Project Coordinator
Public Library Association (PLA)


CHICAGO – In an effort to better support library’s assessment needs, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome has partnered with the Urban Libraries Council’s (ULC) Edge Initiative and the University of Washington’s Impact Survey to host a webinar, Measurement Matters: Using Edge, Project Outcome, and the Impact Survey to Assess and Improve Community Outcomes, on September 8, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Central. This webinar is free and will demonstrate how all three tools can help libraries implement a comprehensive assessment strategy to better their data and share their community impact.


The three field-driven tools help support libraries with various assessment needs:

  • Edge, an online assessment that helps library leaders align library technology services to the needs of the community and communicate the library’s value to community leaders.
  • Project Outcome, a series of outcome-focused surveys about library programs, along with training, a portal for administering surveys, and an online data dashboard. 
  • Impact Survey, an online tool to help libraries better understand their communities and how people use their public technology resources and services.


Knowledge is power. Collectively, the Edge Initiative, Project Outcome, and Impact Survey are powerful, field-tested instruments being used by libraries throughout the United States to make strategic decisions on which programming and services to offer and which technology investments should be made to ensure that the library continues to meet patron needs and community priorities.


This free webinar will educate libraries on these three measurement tools and showcase how libraries are using the data for strategic planning, programming, and communication with local leaders to better serve their communities. Participants will hear from staff at PLA, ULC, the University of Washington iSchool and public libraries using all three products.


Webinar registration is open to everyone but will be most beneficial to those interested in strengthening their programs and services through library vetted tools. All public libraries participating in Edge, Project Outcome, and Impact Survey are also invited to attend to learn how the tools work together and complement each other.


The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or