Reading and Access Research Activity (RARA): Final Activity Report

Between February 2014 and November 2015, RTI International implemented the Reading and Access Research Activity (RARA). Funding was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria through the Education Data for Decision Making (EdData) II task order ( The purpose of RARA was to provide data to better inform the Nigerian government, donor partners, civil society, and others about issues related to education access and reading outcomes, issues related to Goal 1 and Goal 3, respectively, of USAID’s Education Strategy. Specifically, the research RARA conducted in Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Sokoto states is intended to inform future interventions aimed at increasing access to education (in both formal government and non-formal religious schools) and improving children’s literacy skills, specifically in Hausa. This report summarizes activities and outcomes.