The argument against impact evaluation

Does this speak for itself or what?

But what sticks in her mind are the memories of the children and their parents and their love of books.  There’s a picture on her web site of a boy clutching a biology book, smiling. It’s the book he chose even though Pam tried to talk him into an easier book. She asked why he chose that one with the overlay pictures. “He said he wanted that one because he wanted to become a doctor. I will remember that kid forever,” she said.  Pam used to walk around with a bag of books draped over her shoulder when she encountered a lady in a store who said her son was in trouble at school. She gave the woman a couple books. “Several months later, the lady showed her a certificate saying her son got the best grade in English because he was able to practice at home with his mother,” Pam said. “That was great. I danced with her.”

via School Librarian Spends 13 Years in Africa to Advance Reading | Patrick Plonski.

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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