Evaluation of the Oral Language and Literacy Initiative

Client: Ministry of Education

 “Making high quality evidence accessible in a real-world context

 “The Ministry of Education is trialling an Oral Language and Literacy initiative (OLLi) to support early literacy and oral language skills among young learners in New Zealand. OLLi is being implemented across 8 regions in New Zealand, and is expected to reach approximately 24,000 children within 800 Early Learning Services from 2018 to 2021. Through specifically trained Speech-language Therapists, the initiative intends to positively influence ELS culture and staff, building confidence and improving practice in terms of building oral language and literacy in children. As a result, children’s oral language and literacy is expected to improve through these engagements that emphasise language sounds, words, structure and complexity.

Standard of Proof supported the Ministry of Education national and regional teams to test and iterate the design of a cluster-randomised evaluation to work alongside this initiative throughout the first trial year.  The evaluation is now being implemented, providing robust evidence within this ‘real-world’ context. 

We are proud to have supported the Ministry in their endeavour towards quality evidence, and we wish the Ministry of Education and the hard-working OLLi team every success at improving outcomes for our young learners.