Evaluations of our work

Write on for work: Exploring a web based approach to integrating literacy as part of career preparation

Writeon – personal pathways to work was a National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) -led partnership with Southside Partnership (SSP) and Local Employment Services (LES) that successfully delivered a labour market activation programme.

NALA Distance Learning Service Evaluation 2012


This report gives details of the views and opinions of learners and staff who have been part of NALA’s Distance Learning Service (DLS) during the year 2012. We outline the manner and the extent to which the service has supported learners in achieving their goals as well as looking at ways that it might be changed and developed.

Blended Learning Report 2011

In 2010 the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) carried out a project with 12 adult literacy centres across the country to introduce and use www.writeon.ieas a part of traditional face to face centre based tuition.  Participating organisations were invited to take part in an evaluation of this blended learning approach with a view to documenting how the literacy centres worked with www.writeon.ie and NALA to deliver blended learning opportunities to adult literacy learners. 

Literacy tools - an evaluation report

This report aims to document the development of Literacy Tools in its first six months and make proposals for its improvement.
The three objectives are to:

  • give an overview of the growth of ICT and how this impacts on adults with literacy difficulties;
  • evaluate Literacy Tools in pilot mode; and
  • and make proposals for the future development of Literacy Tools.

Each objective is examined in separate chapters.

External impact study of NALA student development work

In 2010 external consultant Dr. Wendy Cox assessed the impact of NALA’s student development work 2007 – 2010. The evaluation was timely in that it was done while NALA was preparing its new strategic plan. Dr. Cox reported that the overall findings ‘demonstrate the impressive quantity and quality of NALA’s student development work during the period. They also show the consistent way NALA has put its guiding principles into practice, particularly in relation to the [NALA] Student Subcommittee and its responsibilities.’

The Really Useful Guide to Words and Numbers - Evaluation Report

This report presents the findings of the final evaluation of the National Adult Literacy Agency’s (NALA) distance education project – The Really Useful Guide to Words and Numbers. The evaluation process commenced in December 2006 and was completed in April 2007. An interim report was compiled in February 2007. This report incorporates the findings of the interim evaluation report.

Read Write Now - Series 5: Evaluation report

This evaluation has two key general objectives and a number of more specific objectives as follows:
I. Identify the added value of including Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the RWN Series 5
a. How useful have learners found the ICT element of Series 5?
b. How useful has the website been?
c. Identify good practice and learning in relation to the role of ICT in the Read Write Now project.
d. Make recommendations on the role of ICT in the future development of literacy programmes.

Read Write Now - Series 4: Evaluation report

In responding to the brief to evaluate the Read Write Now 4 and to make recommendations for the future direction of the initiative, the consultants have adopted the following approach; this report is prepared as follows:
1. In the context of the overall aim of the Read Write Now Series which is to ‘create further awareness about adult literacy provision, where to source support and to provide learning supports for other adults who wanted to improve their literacy skills’.

Read Write Now - Series 3: Evaluation report

Read Write Now, TV Series 3 is the most recent production in a distance education initiative which is designed to provide support for adults who want to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills. This is part of a Literacy through the Airwaves project which began with a pilot radio series in 1999 and comprises radio, TV and print materials.