We had fun getting children excited about reading and writing but we needed to know that it was working. To track our progress and effectiveness, we had people fill out surveys after events and activities so that we could collect the data and see how we were doing. We also asked people about it.
We talked to teachers who commented on how their children seemed more enthusiastic about reading and how they saw students who never gravitated towards books now checking out them out from the library. We asked parents what they thought about the events and the progress they were seeing in how their kids were doing on the programme. We reached out to authors and publishers to ask why it was important for them to be a part of the experience to promote literacy. Most importantly, we asked the young people themselves. We asked if they enjoyed the activities, the writers that came in to talk to them and what they were learning. We asked them what they felt most excited about, what we could improve upon, and what else they wanted to us do to make the programme that much better for them.