Room to Read Library Scaling Study in Vietnam


Starting its operation in Vietnam in 2001, in the last decade, Room to Read has designed and implemented a child-friendly school library program in partnership with the government, schools, and communities to promote a habit of reading and develop reading skills for children in primary schools. In 2015, this program got adopted at the national level by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).

This multi-year research aims to understand the evolution of the library program as well as the implementation fidelity, effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability of the program. The research will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 is a study to learn from the current and past implementation of the model to implement high-quality child-friendly libraries in Vietnam and support the government in scaling the same. Phase 2 of the study will include several waves of data collection over a period of 3 years.

The Mekong Development Research Institute is entrusted to implement Phase 1 research activities, which included a library program evolution study (Activity 1) and a wave of quantitative and qualitative data collection across provinces in the Northern and Central/Central Highland regions (Activity 2).

Main tasks:

Activity 1:

  • Review program documents and implementation monitoring data
  • Administer key informant interviews with Room to Read and government staff
  • Write the program’s Evolution Report and a 2-page brief


Activity 2:

  • Review and translate data collection tools
  • Pilot and field-testing instruments
  • Plan field work, recruit and train enumerators
  • Implement and supervise quantitative and qualitative data collection
  • Provide field reports and conduct trouble-shooting during data collection
  • Manage and clean collected data; provide cleaned quantitative data and related documents
  • Provide transcription of qualitative data
  • Write survey report


Photo source: Room to Read


10/2021 - 06/2022