Top 10 Take-aways from Meta-Analysis: An Impact Study

July 10, 2015

The recently released meta-analysis impact study, An Impact Analysis: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Tennessee, 2004-2014, clearly shows that the Imagination Library program matters in the lives of Tennessee's youngest citizens.  Its conclusions fill us all with a sense of fulfillment and pride as we can show that the DPIL in Tennessee is not only a program that lights up children’s faces when they find a book addressed to them in their mailbox—it’s also a program backed by statistical research that shows the strong educational and social advantage received by participating children as they enter kindergarten and even continuing into elementary school.

Take a look at our top 10 findings.
We’re pretty sure you’ll be grinning as big as we are.

  1. Children who participated in the IL program are more likely to be performing at grade level and least likely to be performing below grade level than their non-participating peers
  2. Children who participated in the IL program were more likely to score higher on literacy assessments, even into third grade
  3. Parents of children receiving Imagination Library books say they read together more often and this activity, coupled with close adult-child interaction using Imagination Library activities, improves the child’s speaking skills and vocabulary
  4. Skills such as math scores and cognitive skills are significantly improved with participation in the Imagination Library
  5. Participation in the Imagination Library program does help develop positive social-emotional and behavioral skills
  6. Imagination Library participants are able to acquire a basic understanding of print and book component concepts, including separate words and letters and book-handling skills
  7. Program participation promotes one-on-one time for reading and nurturing between children and adults
  8. Having books in the home has been consistently proven to be a predictor of children’s academic success, and in Tennessee, the GBBF helps each family build a library of as many as 60 books, instilling pride and a sense of self-esteem in the young recipients
  9. Love and understanding of reading is shared among children, families and communities participating in the Imagination Library
  10. Imagination Library participation may affect the overall amount and quality of parent-child interactions and lay the foundation for adults’ consistent involvement in their children’s learning and development.

These results are only the beginning of the positive results in the analysis! The GBBF is investing in our children’s futures. We want all of our state’s children to take the path towards improved education and literacy!

The research doesn’t stop here!  Working with the Dollywood Foundation, we’ll continue to track our young students’ progress and share our findings.

Let’s all hop on the GBBF train with an inexhaustible “engine” of volunteers statewide that drive our statewide Imagination Library initiative.  Join the fun!  All aboard!