Toward Systemic Change

Global Results and Impact Report 2016

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to introduce Room to Read’s annual Global Results and Impact Report (formerly the Global Monitoring Report). Continuing our emphasis on accountability for results and transparency in our work, each year we use this report to share the results of our program and reflect on what we’ve learned.

We continue to hold ourselves accountable to showing real, measurable benefits to children’s learning and life outcomes. We are proud to report that 2016 was another year of strong results in our key outcome metrics:

 

Fluency and Comprehension

significantly higher than comparison schools

Fluency and Comprehension

significantly higher than comparison schools

20% increase

in book checkout rates

20% increase

in book checkout rates

36% decrease

in secondary school dropout rates

Drop-out rates for secondary school girls supported by Room to Read decreased by 36%, from 9% to 6%, with the greatest improvements shown in higher grades where girls face particularly strong challenges.

Drop-out rates for secondary school girls supported by Room to Read decreased by 36%, from 9% to 6%, with the greatest improvements shown in higher grades where girls face particularly strong challenges.

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“While we are proud of these results, the scale of the challenges in global education demands that we do more.” Christine H. Beggs Senior Director - Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

175 million young people in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read a single sentence, and in many countries girls lag far behind boys in secondary school completion. Confronting these challenges in a meaningful, lasting way means broadening our perspective so that we can scale and sustain our program impact. While continuing to invest in individual children and schools, we must also drive toward lasting change in partnership with communities, governments, the private sector and our colleagues in the global education sector.

With that in mind, this year’s report is the first in which we will share some reflections from our new technical assistance initiative, Room to Read Accelerator. Through Accelerator, we are partnering with others to enable them to implement elements of our programs themselves, often in geographies where Room to Read has not previously worked. While our direct implementation approach continues to represent the majority of our work (and direct implementation results constitute the bulk of this report), Accelerator projects provide a new and complementary opportunity to scale our impact and build sector capacity.

This report describes how we are working across multiple levels, through both direct and technical assistance modes, to create real and lasting change for the children we serve. How we are finding new ways to engage communities in Tanzania. How we are partnering with government ministries in Vietnam (through direct implementation) and Grenada (through Room to Read Accelerator). How we are helping to build a children’s publishing industry in Jordan. And how we are pioneering critical research on measurement for reading skills and life skills that we believe will advance evidence building across the education sector.

We hope that the results and reflections presented in this report will help us all continue to strive toward sustainable impact for children worldwide. As always, we welcome your thoughts, questions and reflections.

Sincerely,


Christine H. Beggs

Senior Director
Research, Monitoring & Evaluation
Room to Read

 

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