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Our research aims to improve literacy attitudes, habits and skills by informing policy and practice. We use a variety of approaches. Our extensive survey work provides a platform for the views of children, young people, their parents and literacy practitioners. We also conduct literature reviews that provide evidence of effective practices, and evaluate the impact of our own projects.

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  • Joe Morrisroe  Literacy Changes Lives 2014: A new perspective on health, employment and crime
    Since 2008, the financial crisis has had a profound social and economic impact on the UK’s most vulnerable communities. Using Literacy Changes Lives (2008) as a starting point, this report goes further to uncover the impact of poor literacy on the individ
    8 Sep 2014
  • Christina Clark and George Dugdale  Literacy Changes Lives: The role of literacy in offending behaviour
    This brief paper examines the link between literacy and offending, and briefly outlines findings from the available research. It shows that the evidence is inconclusive, and suggests areas for further exploration.
    15 Nov 2008
  • George Dugdale and Christina Clark  Literacy Changes Lives: An advocacy resource
    This document pulls together existing research about the impact of literacy on five areas in a person's life: economic well-being, aspirations, family life, health and civic/cultural engagement.
    2 Sep 2008

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