This project aims to increase the evidence base on the role of community controlled adult literacy programs to improve health and socio-economic outcomes in remote EAL/D (English as an additional language/dialogue) communities in the Northern Territory. The objectives are to:
- examine how the ‘Yes I Can’ literacy campaign is received by the community and participants in the campaign
- investigate the impact of the campaign on: a) participant’s improvement in literacy skills as assessed using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF); b) participant’s literacy behaviour in everyday life; c) local health, social and employment/training service engagement by participants and the broader community; and d) school engagement by both parents/caregivers and children
- document and act upon the local contextual factors that impact campaign delivery and impact, particularly in remote communities with EAL/D
- contribute to a decolonising process of strong Aboriginal governance, nation building and data sovereignty by increasing research skills of local Aboriginal community members and leadership, and
- strengthen research relationships between university and partner organisations and build capacity of a university research team to engage with remote communities and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) in research.
“The grant will allow Literacy for Life Foundation, an Aboriginal not-for-profit, to broaden and deepen the evidence base on the role of community-controlled adult literacy programs in improving health and socio-economic outcomes in remote multilingual communities in the NT.”
– Frances Williamson, Research and Training Manager and Project Lead