Why can't every year be a National Year of Reading? An evaluation of the NYR in Yorkshire


  • Carolynn Rankin
  • Avril Brock
  • Jackie Matthews




evaluation, social impact, Generic Social Outcomes, National Year of Reading, CAQDAS


An evaluation of the National Year of Reading in Yorkshire was conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University in response to a brief from Museums, Libraries and Archives, Yorkshire. This paper outlines the development and planning of phase one of this small scale qualitative research project and the analysis of the initial results which looks at the impact of NYR on the organisations that delivered the campaign and their work with target groups. The Generic Social Outcomes and the National Indicators were used to develop a theoretical framework. Data were gathered via in depth interviews and focus groups with NYR steering group partners in Calderdale and North Lincolnshire, selected as the two case study authorities. The use of MAXQDA computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) enabled data and coding structures to be stored and will facilitate comparison in this longitudinal study. This evaluation will provide material that local library authorities can use for advocacy with a range of audiences including local and central government.

Author Biographies

Carolynn Rankin

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Leader School of Applied Global Ethics

Avril Brock

Principal Lecturer Carnegie Faculty






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