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 2014 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
Project LEAP: E-Readers in African Libraries with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Read the project Baseline Report.
May 2014 V
Improving E-reader Durability
Kindles used in Worldreader’s Sub-Saharan African programs are now more durable than ever. Learn how we did it.
November 2013 V
iREAD 2 Midterm Study Results: All Children Reading in Ghana
We’ve got proof: Primary students read more and better too. Read our iREAD Midterm Results Study.
September 2013 V
iREAD 2 Baseline Report: All Children Reading
iREAD 2 started in January 2013 and aims to improve literacy skills among Ghanaian primary students. Read the baseline report findings.
July 2013 V
Powering Reading Using Solar Charging Kindle Cases
Some projects site are located off the electric grid entirely. Learn how we solve this problem.
May 2013 V
Worldreader Kits: Planning a Community Launch Event
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.
March 2013 V
Worldreader Kits: Overview and Partner Preparation Guide
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.
June 2012 V
iREAD Vacation School Report: Facilitating access to books during school vacation
Students wanted to read during school break. We set up Vacation School.
October 2011 V
Starting an E-Reader Program at Ntimigom School with The Kilgoris Project
We launched the first e-reader project in East Africa in April 2011. See how we expanded to Kenya.
October 2011 V
iREAD Progress Report: Student Training and Open Issues
E-readers and e-books get kids to read more—and better. See how far we’ve come.
December 2010 V
Project iREAD: Impact on Reading of E-Readers and Digital Content
iREAD is Worldreader’s pilot study in Ghana. Read the research concept note for iREAD.
October 2010 V
E-Reader Trial Report: OrphanAid Africa School
We launched the first classroom-based Kindle project in Africa. Back in the day.
March 2010 V
Our Operations Reports
Operations reports are our internal progress documents that we will periodically publish here.
Operations Report: July 2014
Stories from the field and 1,172,355 books delivered. Read our July 2014 Ops report to see updates on our achievements.
Operations Report: July 2013
Ghana project update and 662,008 books delivered. Read the July Ops report to see our achievements.
July 19, 2013 V
Operations Report: February 2013
Kenya project update and 441,159 books delivered. The February 2013 Ops report shows significant project growth for Worldreader.
February 18, 2013 V
Operations Report: 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.