This guide grew out of a project entitled "From the Ground Up: A Research-in-Practice Approach to Outcome-Oriented Program Evaluation," undertaken in British Columbia.
The authors explain that the guide was originally intended to be an informal introduction to measurement in literacy practice. As they wrote, they found themselves thinking more about the complexities of literacy itself and the essence of literacy practice.
As a result, the guide became a conversation for practitioners and tutors in adult literacy settings about the nature of literacy and the implications for practice. It is intended as a professional development tool that will encourage reflection about how literacy and literacy progress are defined.
The authors present the material mainly through dialogue balloons, similar to those seen in comic books or graphic novels.
They have included a list of websites that provide information and resources relevant to the guide’s recurring themes.