Impact Surveys

The Secretos para contar Foundation has managed to substantially improve reading habits in the Colombian countryside, as shown by the impact surveys drawn up by different universities in Medellin.

The first of these was carried out by the Universidad de Antioquia in 2006, the second by the Center for Public Opinion, attached to the Universidad de Medellin, in 2008, and the third by the Universidad National de Colombia in 2010.

All three have produced similar findings, which show that our program has had a steady positive impact on our beneficiary families.

The following are just some of the more relevant findings from the last survey carried out by the Universidad Nacional showing a 94% confidence level and a maximum allowable error of 6%:
  • 80% of the families surveyed said that the 9 books received from the Secretos para contar Foundation represented their entire home library.
  • 93% of the children,  91% of the youngsters, 79% of the mothers, 42% of the fathers that make up the rural families that participated in this impact survey, had developed reading habits as a result of the Foundation’s  book program.
  • 29% of all rural children read every day. 
  • 98% of the beneficiary families rated the Secretos para contar books as either good or very good in terms of content, format, type, colors, drawings and photographs.
  • 26% of beneficiary households had at least one member who became interested in learning to read and write as a result of the Secretos para contar reading campaign.
  • 57% of all school children took the Secretos para contar books to school.
  • 91% of all school children used the Secretos para contar books to do their homework.
  • 77% of all the teachers used the Secretos para contar books for teaching purposes within the classroom.
  • 92% of all teaching staff rated the quality of the Secretos para contar books as either good or very good.
  • 80% of all teachers that attended the teaching workshops rated these as either good or very good.
  • 75% of all teachers used the Workshop Guides to prepare their classes.
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