Authors: Diane Amos, Susan Harriman, Barry Laing and John Hughes
Evaluator Company/Business: Policy, Planning and Reporting Unit, NSW Department of Education
URL or PDF: Download the Evaluation of Dymocks Children's Charities Book Bank program (PDF, 1.26MB)
Summary: Book Bank is an initiative of Dymocks Children’s Charities developed with the NSW Department of Education. The program provided students with the opportunity to select current, high quality books to read and keep, with ownership of books being a new experience for a number of students. The evaluation was commissioned to identify changes in student reading engagement and achievement that may result from involvement in the DCC Book Bank program. The evaluation involved a review of the program implementation, and an investigation of the impact of key elements of the program model. Across all sources of data (interviews, surveys, observations), the evaluation findings suggest that increased student engagement with books and reading was the most significant benefit of the Book Bank program.