Reach Out and Read continues to be committed
to evaluation of our impact through independent
- Thorough evaluation shows us how to continue to improve our
model for maximum effectiveness.
- Compelling results place Reach Out and Read as
a leader in early literacy and stimulate
a more widespread adoption of our program.
Ongoing Research Initiatives in 2019
Rx for Success
Rx for Success is a recently launched randomized
controlled trial of technology-based dialogic reading training that
is incorporated into Reach Out and Read. This ongoing study, due
for completion in July 2019, is designed to determine if
additional messaging about sharing books from a specifically
designed app, Rx for Success, recommended at the ROR
clinic increases the impact of ROR on home literacy activities
and children's development.
If successful, recommendation of use of the Rx for Success app
at ROR clinics offers a way of delivering additional messaging
about sharing books at a population level that can improve our
impact on the families and children that we serve.
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A New Collaborative Research Study
In May, 2016, Reach Out and Read medical advisors
established a research collaborative of clinicians, researchers and
Reach Out and Read coordinators with the aim of taking our research
to the next level.
This collaborative, named the Collaborative for Early
Literacy and Brain Development in Primary Care (otherwise
known as LitNet), has worked on developing and
coordinating research projects, with a particular emphasis on
large-scale network-based research that will further demonstrate
the impact of our program.
With the first such research project launched in 2017, the
LitNet study indicates that the Reach Out and Read online CME
course is most effective at providing the knowledge and skills
required to implement ROR with fidelity to the model. As there is a
significant pipeline of ROR expansion coming from pediatric
residents who experience ROR in a continuity clinic, this study
provides valuable information as we seek to influence residency
training to ensure high quality delivery of the Reach Out and Read
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Young Investigator Awards
For the last six years, Reach Out and Read has partially funded
young investigators researching aspects of early literacy through
the Young Investigator Award program. Results of work supported by
this program include:
Through brain imaging studies, John Hutton, M.D., demonstrated
that when families read aloud and engage with their young children,
there is increased development of regions of the brain associated
with learning to read and higher thinking processes.
Using LENA, a device that digitally records and analyses the
number of words heard by young children, Adriana Weisleder, Ph.D.,
showed that Reach Out and Read stimulates an overall increase in
the number of words and conversational turns between families and
Anna Miller-Fitzwater, M.D., M.P.H., assessed the new training
for residents on how to implement Reach Out and Read for children
ages 0 - 6 months. Residents found the training applicable and
practical and that families were receptive to the concept.
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Reach Out and Read Research Priorities
Reach Out and Read and Language
Independent, peer-reviewed studies over the years
have indicated that Reach Out and Read improves language ability in
young children. We are looking into long-term prospective studies
and alternative methods of substantiating our impact on language
ability and school readiness.
The Effect of Reach Out and Read on Pediatric
Preventive Care Compliance
There are indications that families attend well-child
checkups both to receive books and because of an increased sense of
agency, thus improving well-child checkup compliance - particularly
at checkups when the immunization schedule is critical.
The Effect of Reach Out and Read on Maternal
A pilot study suggested that maternal depression in
young single mothers is reduced through the Reach Out and Read
intervention. We would like to expand this project to a larger
Reach Out and Read as a Means of Improving
There is evidence that Reach Out and Read is a
positive experience for pediatricians and could relieve stress and
burnout. We would be interested to formalize a larger