When to Use Project Outcome

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Project Outcome for Academic Libraries has published a new resource: When to Use Project Outcome. The toolkit is a great free assessment resource for many purposes and projects, but it is not the best tool for every project. The chart below breaks down some scenarios of when you might want to use Project Outcome and when you might want to find another tool to use.

When to Use Project OutcomeWhen NOT to use Project Outcome
You need ready-to-use surveys and questions.
Project Outcome surveys are ready to go right away, with questions developed and tested to assess a variety of situations.
You want to ask different questions than the core and optional questions
Project Outcome has optional questions you can add, but customization options are limited.
You need surveys for a variety of settings.
Project Outcome has surveys created for the following settings covering many core academic library operations: instruction, research assistance, events and programs, teaching support, digital and special collections, and library technology.
You need a secure place to collect and store sensitive information
Project Outcome is not a secure place to collect and store responses and will not meet IRB requirements. If you need to collect and store respondents’ identifiable information, you will need to use another platform.
You want to set up data dashboards and reports to easily compare results across your institution and others.
You can set up reports and dashboards to compare and compile responses across your institution and others. Project Outcome surveys and data dashboards allow you to keep track of survey responses across your own institution over time and other institutions
You need to separate administrative users’ surveys out.
Project Outcome data dashboards are grouped by institution and cannot be separated out via (for example) individual logins and datasets tied to administrative users’ surveys. 
You want to distribute surveys in other languages.
Right now, Project Outcome surveys are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Project Outcome is a FREE online toolkit designed to help libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Participating libraries are also provided with the resources and training support needed to apply their results and confidently advocate for their library’s future. Project Outcome’s standardized surveys allow libraries to aggregate their outcome data and analyze trends by service topic, program type, and over time. For the first time, academic libraries can see how the outcomes of their programs and services compare across their institution, Carnegie Class, and nation.

To start measuring the impact of your library, register for Project Outcome for Academic Libraries for free today!