Recognizing the value and quality of A&O’s work with New York City’s First Readers, A&O is also providing ongoing evaluation design and analysis for LINC. Working throughout New York City’s five boroughs, LINC aims to surround children with literacy-rich environments and disrupt inter-generational illiteracy by training parents to help their children embrace reading. Parents become literacy ambassadors within their communities, engaging with resources, like libraries and book drives, that already exist in their neighborhoods. The entire community contributes to the goal of raising readers, creating a culture of literacy at the neighborhood level.
Cynthia O’Connor is providing consultation in best practices to build capacity for LINC’s internal evaluation efforts. The evaluation plan utilizes a mixed methods approach – surveys, focus groups, interviews, and statistical analysis of student assessment data. Work is currently underway to evaluate LINC’s Reading Buddies program and the VIP (Very Involved Parent) Academy, which recognizes that parents have the ability to shape and influence their children’s economic future through literacy.
Contact Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information