To learn more about our impact, read about our research, partnerships, and studies!



WLR Study Results

Ongoing Research Partnerships

Brown University 

WLR and Brown University are undertaking joint research to assess the influence of WLR programming on children’s cognitive and emotional development during the critical preschool years.

UNICEF and Qatar University 

WLR, along with UNICEF and Qatar University, are conducting research to evaluate willingness of children and their parents to attend school, as well as changes in attitudes and practices of children towards reading as a result of the WLR program.

University of Chicago 

WLR is studying empathy with University of Chicago to assess children’s attitudes towards social inclusion.

Harvard University 

WLR is currently partnering with Harvard University to study the impact of WLR programming on the parent-child relationship.

Yale University

WLR and Yale University are working together to evaluate the impact of WLR programming on the psychosocial state of WLR volunteers in refugee contexts.

Hashemite University 

WLR and Hashemite University are collaborating to evaluate the impact of reading environmentally-themed children’s stories on children’s behavior toward environment.

Results of Past Studies

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Reading Intervention in Changing Children's Environmental Knowledge and Behavior

This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of the We Love Reading program on children’s knowledge and attitudes towards environmental issues. It found that the reading intervention was moderately to highly effective in increasing children’s environmental knowledge and changing their behavior with regards to electricity consumption, water consumption, and littering. 

We Love Reading - A Women’s Literacy Program in the Arab World

This study, conducted by Hashemite University and Cambridge University, evaluated the effects of the WLR program on women. It found that the program is largely effective in empowering as women as leaders in their community, stating that the WLR program showed an 84% increase in leadership skills among volunteers. The study suggests that women’s  strengthened leadership capacity may permit them to later play a more prominent role in decision making within the community, because of their increased knowledge and the wisdom gained by reading and leading their community.

Reading social stories in the community: A promising intervention for promoting children's environmental knowledge and behavior in Jordan

This study was conducted by Hashemite University and Qatar University to evaluate the impact of WLR on children’s knowledge and attitudes towards environmental issues. It reports that WLR is effective as an informal educational intervention, showing a significant increase in children’s knowledge about environmental issues and a positive change in behavior related to electricity and water consumption and littering. 

Reading about people’ feelings increases empathic concern and generosity in children

Conducted by Hashemite University and the University of Chicago, this study evaluated the effects of the WLR program as an empathic reading intervention. They found that the intervention causes an increase in empathic concern for others (children’s generosity was shown to have increased by nearly 100%), as well as an increase in greater prosocial behavior. 

Final Report: The Impact of the We Love Reading Pilot Program on the Psychosocial Health of Participating Children in Za’atari Refugee Camp

This study, conducted by Yale University, studied WLR’s role in the behavioral and psychosocial wellbeing of children in Za’atari Camp. The results of the study showed that children demonstrated an increase in positive behaviors, such as reading for pleasure and sharing, and decreases in negative behaviors, including overall stress and hyperactivity.