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Research at the National Literacy Trust
Our research programme is designed to:
- raise literacy attitudes, habits and skills across the UK
- underpin our programmes, campaigns and policy work
- inform our identity as an organisation.
Our research work
- Annual literacy trackers – we ask children, young people and other stakeholders about literacy using large-scale national surveys.
- Issue-led research – we explore literacy issues using multiple approaches to further our understanding on a commission basis
- Evaluating our work– our evidence-based approach means we comprehensively explore the impact of our programmes.
- Bespoke evaluations of programmes or products for others – commission us to help you understand your impact. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
How to support our work.
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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. 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