Research

Books Unlocked: evaluation report 2017

Added 02 Jul 2018

In 2016/17 Books Unlocked reached 43 settings, approximately 660 participants and distributed 1,250 books to reading groups in prisons, young offender institutions (YOIs), schools and libraries as well as to National Prison Radio (NPR) listeners. Our evaluation relied on a mixed methodology to capture the outcomes of the programme on participants. We found that:

  • Over half the participants read a Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel for the first time
  • Almost one in two participants say they read more than they used to before the project
  • Over two in five participants say they now enjoy reading more and that they are now more confident about their reading

The report provides an in-depth analysis of qualitative responses, presenting both the outcomes of the programme and the feedback form participants.