The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service. Research and evaluation both play an important role in demonstrating the value of library public programs. The following links include research efforts initiated by the ALA Public Programs Office, other relevant research, articles on best practice for program evaluation, and other resources.
National Impact of Library Public Programming Assessment initiative, ALA Public Programs Office, in collaboration with New Knowledge Organization, Ltd., and funded by the Institute for Library and Museum Services
Cultural Programs for Adults in Public Libraries survey, ALA Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Library Research Center