How do we measure our success?
We gauge the impact of our many projects by measuring the number of books read before and after deployment, students’ reading ability, as well as our own ability to provide delivery and support. Longer-term, we look for increased community involvement in reading, and ultimately increased literacy rates beyond UN-predicted levels. We continually conduct research within our programs, and publish the results here.
We are also sometimes the subject of other organizations’ research, such as in this study of mobile reading in the developing world by UNESCO, published on April 23, 2014:
“Mobile reading opens up new pathways to literacy for marginalized groups, particularly women and girls, and others who may not have access to paper books.”
—Reading in the Mobile Era, a new study of Worldreader Mobile by UNESCO
(For other external articles about our work, including from scholarly journals, visit our press room.)
Our Research, Our Learnings
November 2013: Improving E-reader Durability: Kindles used in Worldreader’s Sub-Saharan African programs are now more durable than ever. | Learn how we did it.
October 2013: We’ve Got Proof: Primary Students Read More And Better Too. | Read our iREAD Midterm Results Study.
July 2013: iREAD 2 started in January 2013 and aims to improve literacy skills among Ghanaian primary students. | Read the baseline report findings.
May 2013: Some projects site are located off the electric grid entirely. | Learn how we solve this problem.
March 2013: Holding a community launch event is a key part of launching a Worldreader program. | This document serves a guide for our partners when preparing an e-reader community launch.
June 2012: In partnership with other nonprofits, we have launched Worldreader programs in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. | This guide prepares partners to bring Worldreader to their schools.
October 2011: Students wanted to read during school break. | We set up Vacation School.
October 2011: We launched the first e-reader project in East Africa in April 2011. | See how we expanded to Kenya.
December 2010: E-readers and e-books get kids to read more — and better. | See how far we’ve come.
July 2010: iREAD is Worldreader’s pilot study in Ghana. | Read the research concept note for iREAD.
March 2010: We launched the first classroom-based Kindle project in Africa. | Back in the day.
Our Operations Reports
*Operations reports are our internal progress documents that we will periodically publish here.
July 2013: Ghana project update and 662,008 books delivered. | Read the July Ops report to see our achievements.
February 2013: Kenya project update and 441,159 books delivered. | The February 2013 Ops report shows significant project growth for Worldreader.
June 2012: 190,269 books delivered, a new classroom with e-readers in Ghana. | Read our Ops report to see what we accomplished in June.