Evaluation of the Summer Reading Challenge The Reading Agency Tender Closes 21st January

Tenders are invited for an external evaluation of the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Reading Agency, in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) and Libraries Connected, has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council England to conduct this evaluation.

* The primary aim is to evaluate the impact of the Summer Reading Challenge on the ‘summer slide’ in relation to both reading skills and reading enjoyment.

* A secondary aim is to explore the role a public library-based reading activity like the Summer Reading Challenge can have on building wider school and family engagement with reading.

* If the Challenge is found to have a demonstrable effect on the summer slide, this would provide firm evidence to help support the maintenance and growth of the Challenge, as well as to highlight its role in aiding the reading for pleasure element of the English Key Stage 1 and 2 curricula.

It is envisaged that the project will require both qualitative and quantitative research; as such, we are looking for a research partner with experience in mixed-methods research and expertise in the field of children’s reading for pleasure.

Details for submission can be found within the attached invitation to tender. *The deadline for submissions is 17.00 on 21 January 2019.*

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