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Measuring Our Impact

The results achieved with Raising A Reader are significant and well-documented. 19 independent evaluations conducted across the U.S. over 12 years have validated the effectiveness of Raising A Reader at increasing child and family outcomes in a number of areas.

Locally, Raising A Reader MA aims to replicate these results by helping families to improve the frequency and quality of their home reading behaviors. Our success hinges on our ability to successfully implement our two core components- book bag rotations and  parent educational workshops. Accordingly, our program evaluation is designed using a multi-tiered approach to answer these three questions:

  • What percentage of our partners implement the bag rotation model with fidelity?
  • What percentage of families participate in a Dialogic Reading workshop or another form of direct instruction in Dialogic Reading?
  • How do families’ home book sharing behaviors change during Raising A Reader participation?

We use a customized database built on the Salesforce platform to ensure that our staff can make data-drive decisions in real time, tailoring their actions to achieve maximum efficacy.

In our most recent program year, 92% of partners implemented the bag rotations with fidelity, and 32% of parents received direct instruction about dialogic reading.

These efforts have been effective. Since our founding in 2006, families have increased their reading routines from 55% to 74% sharing books three or more times a week over the course of participation.

A deeper look shows that:

Raising A Reader is most effective for families with children at greater educational risk.

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Raising A Reader Parent Educational Workshops are also associated with increased use of Dialogic Reading Behaviors.
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In Fall 2013, Raising A Reader MA piloted the PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) to directly assess child literacy skills. We will analyze the data to better understand connections between our program activities, families’ home reading routines, and children’s pre-literacy skills. We expect our first report using this data to be available in Summer 2014.