Test for Alignment
Understand funding barriers for organizations and discuss innovative solutions to address the barriers
Test for alignment of data shared by adult learning organizations leadership, program staff, and learners with new and relevant research
Share the data and final report with funded organizations and the adult learning community
Multiple Sources of Evidence
Learner and agency staff and volunteer surveys, based on a similar tool used by Calgary Learns
A review and summary of other literacy projects and related research identified by ECALA helped to inform the needs assessment and priorities.
In-person focused discussions with learners, agency staff, volunteers and ECALA Board members
Much of the documentation outlined foundational concepts to learning and the impact of literacy and numeracy on skill development, employment, social viability, health and poverty.
Single parents, immigrants, Indigenous peoples and seniors can struggle with lower literacy
Some Populations Struggle
Between literacy and economic, social and health outcomes.
Literacy is and should be viewed as a human right
Literacy is a foundational driver for skills development, employment, social, healthcare and poverty reduction outcomes.
is correlated with a reduction in cognitive ability as a function of the mental load required to focus on poverty-related concerns.
Increased literacy, numeracy and educational experience are positively related to increase in trust, volunteerism, political efficacy, engagement and health outcomes.
Board Strategic Planning
City of Learners (NorQuest)
Learner Focus Groups
Estimated based on survey completion
Eastern European Learners
What Have You Learned?
What do you Need to Learn?
What are the Barriers?
Non-unique (multiple session participation possible)
City of Learners
What difference do literacy and foundational learning programs for adults make?
Discussion Maps (Click to view)
315 Learners Surveyed
Why did you come to this class or program?
What helps you learn in this class or program?
What makes it hard for you to learn in this class or program?
How does what you are learning make a difference in your life?
What would you like to learn next?
106 Agency Staff Surveyed
What do you believe are the main reasons learners come to this class or program?
What helps learners be successful in this class or program or just generally?
What makes it hard for learners to succeed in this class or program or just generally?
How does what you are teaching/facilitating make a difference in a learner's life?