NALA research

People often ask why we still have a literacy problem in Ireland. Why hasn't it improved? Research is at the heart of answering these questions and providing real solutions.

For 30 years NALA has been at the forefront of using research to provide evidence-based solutions to the adult literacy issue and to inform our policy proposals and advice to organisations. Here is some of our work:


Reducing barriers to participation in adult literacy tuition

This briefing paper is designed to inform adult literacy practitioners, providers and policy makers about the barriers to participation in adult literacy tuition and how they might reduce them or their impact. It is the first of a series of briefing papers to summarise findings from recent NALA research.


Integrating literacy in further education

The research concluded that many of the literacy obstacles which some students encounter when they are working towards accreditation arose from the demands of the teaching methods and resources.


A review of literacy policy in Ireland

In an environment where organisations compete for budgets, our challenge is to present compelling arguments as to why adult literacy funding should be increased and give evidence of the value of this investment.


Literacy and the financial sector

Ireland’s first ever, independent research into the issue of financial literacy, was commissioned by NALA and the EBS in 2005 and revealed that the problem of low financial literacy is not confined to those with literacy and numeracy difficulties, but exists in all social classes.


Literacy and the workforce

In Ireland nearly 30% of the workforce has only Junior Certificate or less, while 10% has only primary level or no formal qualifications at all. Furthermore, 25% of adults still lack very basic skills in literacy and numeracy.


Access and participation in adult literacy schemes

This was a research study into access and participation in adult literacy programmes in Ireland. The rationale behind the research lay in the very low participation rates in adult literacy programmes in Ireland.