How we're measuring impact

When we started in February 2018, we were a charity with a simple vision: we want every child to read. This was the starting point for absolutely everything that’s followed for us, from developing pioneering technology to make volunteering as easy as possible, to devising an insight-led programme to support children’s reading with research-tested books and resources.

Following our pilot in the 2018/2019 academic year, we are now rolling our programme out across schools in London, and we are delighted to be embarking on a year-long impact project to build a clear picture of the difference it’s making.

A bit about the project
We have joined forces with The National Literacy Trust, who are dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Their research team has extensive experience of conducting evaluations of literacy interventions and we are thrilled to be working with them. Over the course of the year, we’ll be measuring the impact that our reading programmes have not only on improving children’s reading skills, but also on their attitude towards reading.

The impact report
Our final report will be published in September 2020, and will be vital for us in shaping our programme and enabling us to provide the most effective, targeted support to the children who most need us. In addition to that, it’ll also help us make sure that we are providing the most effective training and resources to our volunteers, the lifeblood of the Bookmark programme.

Sharon Pindar