A cost benefit analysis of adult literacy training - NALA research report March 2009

The 1995 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) showed that a significant number of the Irish population have problems with basic tasks in literacy and numeracy. This prompted an expansion of adult literacy training budgets from just over €1 million in 1997 to a budget of around €30 million in 2007.

Although the prima facie case for literacy training is strong in a tight budgetary environment the effectiveness of these expenditures needs to be carefully evaluated. The purpose of this report is to conduct a cost benefit analysis of literacy training in Ireland using data and research from Ireland and, where relevant, abroad.

James Dorgan
Date of Publication
Friday, 26 March, 2010
Publication Category
NALA research