Evaluating Impact

Project Literacy’s mission is to make significant and sustainable progress in closing the global literacy gap. To help us achieve this, we’ve developed a Theory of Change, which will guide our decision-making and ensure we’re achieving measurable impact.

To establish an effective evaluation framework, we worked with Results for Development (R4D), a non-profit organization specializing in monitoring and evaluation for international development programs. This will enable us to capture the progress and impact of all Project Literacy partnerships and investments. See below for more details or read our 2016 annual report here.

Our Global Impact

Measuring our results

Project Literacy is seeing promising results across our three pillars of activity: Raising Awareness & Mobilizing Action; Advancing Best Practice; and Innovating for New Solutions.

Scroll down to see what progress we're making across our partnerships and programs in each of these areas.


104 partners 104 partners

We have teamed up with 104 partners to date. Together, we are working to raise awareness and mobilize action, advance best practices, and innovate for new solutions.

35 countries 35 countries
Program beneficiaries 698,000

Program beneficiaries

More than 453,000 children and 247,000 parents and caregivers are benefiting from literacy programs as a result of Project Literacy

$8.7m total program funding $8.7m

Total program funding

With a primary focus on the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and India.

2.8bn total reach through media 2.8bn

Total reach through media

2.8 billion people have seen or engaged with Project Literacy as part of marketing campaigns

Raising Awareness & Mobilizing Action

The extent of the problem and its potential impact on our world are huge so we need everyone on board to close the literacy gap.


of crowdfunded donations to partners

24,733 People signed the Unsigned Petition on behalf of the 750 million illiterate people worldwide 24,733

People signed the Unsigned Petition on behalf of the 750 million illiterate people worldwide

250,000 Size of online community 250,000

Size of online community

Advancing Best Practice

There are some things that we already know work to improve literacy, and we need more of them.

7 programs funded 7

Number of programs funded

37,000 primary beneficiaries 37,000

Number of primary beneficiaries

Innovating for New Solutions

New solutions are needed to reach the most marginalized and achieve scale in the fight against illiteracy.

6 programs funded 6

Number of programs funded

661,000 primary beneficiaries 661,000

Number of primary beneficiaries