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Using Data to Understand Your Community & Measure Impact

November 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present this webinar on using data to understand your community needs and measure impact. Community assessment is a formal process of identifying aspirations, challenges, and needs in a target population to make decisions, determine priorities, set objectives, and explore alternative approaches. The results of community assessment can aid in the planning and implementation of relevant library services. Learn how various data can inform library decisions and how PLA’s Project Outcome can help measure the impact your programs and services are having on those you serve.

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and ask questions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to identify available sources of data about their community;
  • Be able to apply strategies for analyzing data to inform how the library can better serve its community;
  • Know how to align Project Outcome with community needs; and
  • Understand how outcomes data help measure the impact of programs and services.

To learn more and to register, please visit the Public Library Association website.


November 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Research Institute for Public Libraries