An introduction to RIF’s Theory of Change models
If you’re interested in developing a deeper understanding of how RIF programs’ inputs, activities, and outputs impact children’s literacy, the Theory of Change models provide a comprehensive snapshot.
Books for Ownership: introduction to the model
Download the RIF Books for Ownership Theory of Change model.
At the heart of our organization, we believe—and research shows—that giving children choice and access to own new, age-appropriate books is positively tied to improved reading behaviors. This model has a positive impact on reading and writing performance, language development, and academic performance in other subjects.
This model is also associated with positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes. Complementing book ownership with an online library of resources through RIF’s digital platforms, Literacy Central and Literacy Network, provides continuously evolving supplemental support for families, educators, and literacy advocates. It also ensures ongoing community engagement.
Together, book ownership and a rich library of complementary, supplemental reading activities and resources lead to an increase in students’ reading frequency, motivation, engagement, and confidence—which can all lead to increases in reading proficiency.
The Books for Ownership model is especially important for program implementation in historically under-resourced communities, helping to close the reading achievement gap.
Read for Success: introduction to the model
Download the Theory of Change Read for Success Model.
RIF’s Read for Success (RFS) program pairs interactive classroom read-alouds with book ownership for independent reading at home. This model aligns with RIF’s research-backed philosophy that book access and choice lead to increased reading interest.
In addition, facilitators reading aloud high-quality picture books with rich academic content and vocabulary support students’ development of background knowledge for content areas that are needed as they progress to middle and high school. The combination of both these RFS elements can result in improved reading proficiency.
This month’s Rally to Read theme is culture. Explore the theme with exciting read-alouds from authors Jason Reynolds and Vanessa Brantley-Newton, take the pledge to read 100 books, and enter our 10,000 book giveaway sweepstakes.
According to recent NAEP Scores, only 32% of fourth-grade public school students are reading at a proficient level. Help RIF in our mission of closing the youth literacy gap in our country by giving today.
RIF is pleased to present webinars throughout the year that cover an array of topics, including a new educator-focused series, Every Educator Counts. View the archive of past webinars and see what's coming soon!
There are many things to be thankful for, including great books! Browse RIF’s Thanksgiving Collection for titles that explore how we give thanks, as well as find fun supplemental resources for young readers.
RIF and Driscoll’s Berries joined forces to spread reading joy, distributing over 1,200 books to 400 children at four book celebration events across California this past October.
Trane Technologies and RIF kicked off another year of partnership, allowing more children around the nation to have the opportunity to pick out books of their own and experience the joy of reading.