Counting on Results

The Counting on Results (CoR) study was a nationwide examination of the impact of public library services on individual patrons. Volunteer libraries throughout the United States participated in the project.

Reports CoR Tools


Counting on Results: New Tools for Outcome-Based Evaluation of Public LibrariesPDF document
.pdf version of the final report for the Counting on Results study

Final Outcome Reports
Outcomes for all libraries: .xls tablesExcel document   .xls charts Excel document
Outcomes for libraries with 50 or more responses: .xls tablesExcel document   .xls charts Excel document
Outcomes and Demographic Factors: .xls table Excel document

Counting on Results: Outcomes Interim Report PDF document
This report details project administration, and describes the survey information obtained from the patron questionnaires. Interim data suggests trends and demonstrates the variety of ways patrons are using their local public libraries.

Participating Library Preliminary Results
Individual library data for participating libraries for each survey

CoR Tools

Library Service Responses PDF document
Library service responses taken from the Public Library Association’s Planning for Results program, used in CoR

CoR Instruction Manual PDF document
Instructions for participating libraries

Manual Program Forms PDF document
Forms used by participating libraries to record program activities

Print versions of surveys used in Counting on Results
Basic Literacy PDF document
Business & Career Information PDF document
Commons (The Library as a Place)PDF document
General Public Library Survey PDF document
Information Literacy PDF document
Local History & Genealogy PDF document


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This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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