XPRIZE Adult Literacy Communities Competition

VALUEUSA is working towards creating an effective and scalable plan to bring adult learners closer with learning material such as the XPRIZE Adult Literacy learning apps.


By using word of mouth as a communication tool, these learning apps will effectively reach more adult learners since those who struggle with literacy are less likely to find learning apps online or through other reading material on their own.

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Through the creation of customizable brochures and sharing with our literacy network in-person and digitally, we’ll reach learners on a national scale.

The first to benefit will be adult learners in waiting lists for tutors in their programs as well as those who are interested in more accessible learning resources and learners who would never want to go into a program or ask for help.



1st International Adult Literacy Learners and Tutors Conference Novemeber 2019

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In November 2019 the first International Adult Literacy Learner and Tutor Conference will be held in Kampala, Uganda. VALUEUSA wants U.S. adult learners to participate in this event as we believe it’s a great opportunity to share practices and create an international network of support in this one of a kind event.

In partnership with the Ugandan Literacy & Adult Learners’ Association (ULALA), UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Uganda National Commission for UNESCO (UNATOM), and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) VALUEUSA will be working to bring adult learner leaders to this event. For this purpose we have set up a fundraising page at GoFundMe to help fund the travel and participation cost for adult learners as well as administration costs for VALUEUSA to coordinate this event with the entities mentioned above.

VALUEUSA has been previously part of a Confintea VI international literacy event in Edinburgh, Scotland 2009 in partnership with Scotland's Learning and we think now is an opportune time to revisit the international scene.

To help get an adult learner to the November 2019 event, please head over to our GoFundMe page

Thank you for your support!



Project Period: 2017 - 2018
Status: Completed

Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE) Research

VALUEUSA and Research Allies for Lifelong Learning 

Sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The CAPE research is a national research project designed to meet the needs for greater knowledge. According to PIAAC, millions of US adults need basic skills. Current adult education resources serve approximately 10% of these adults annually, leaving 30 million without participation. The deterrents and the solutions are pressing issues for policymakers and adult educators. The CAPE research will answer those questions by surveying adults in two states on their motivations to forego education and find solutions to boost participation.

Working with local organizations in a major city in your state and a small community nearby, CAPE plans to recruit diverse adults – in age, gender, ethnicity, disability, or employment status – to share their ideas in a one-time research visit. The target population will be age 18 or older, will have not completed high school or its equivalence in the USA, and will not currently be involved in adult or postsecondary education.

Reports by Margaret Patterson

Part 1  -  May 2018

Part 2  -  June 2018

Part 3  -  July 2018


Project Period: 2014 - 2016
Status: Completed

Adult Learner Leadership in Education Services (ALLIES) Research

VALUEUSA and Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

The purpose of the ALLIES national research project is to evaluate how adult learners can benefit a program as they pursue learning and leadership goals. VALUEUSA believes that adult learner leadership can improve services in an adult education (AE) program and boost adult learner outcomes. Adult learner leadership is defined as adult learner involvement in all components of the AE program. VALUEUSA leadership training, which will be used in this research, encourages learners to lead in design of instructional services, mentoring, and evaluation.

Reports by Margaret Patterson

Year 1  -  March 2016

Year 2  (Part 1 of 4)  -  September 2016

Year 2  (Part 2 of 4)  -  December 2016

Year 2  (Part 3 of 4)  -  January 2017

Year 2  (Part 4 of 4)  -  February 2017