Return on Investment: How much did it cost to implement these activities? How do your results above compare to this investment?:
The first phase of the project, which resulted in the first edition of the manual and facilitator’s guide, cost $180,000. The second phase of the project, which resulted in the second edition of the manual and facilitator’s guide, as well as take home guides and flashcards, cost $180,000. These costs included staff and professional services fees as well as printing fees. In the first phase of the project, the project team printed 750 student manuals and facilitator’s guides, totaling $10, 199. In the second phase of the project, the project team printed 1,500 student manuals, 100 facilitator’s guides, 2,000 English take home guides, 2,000 Spanish take home guides, and 1,600 flash cards, totaling $18,317.93. Although limited hard copies were printed, everything is available online at no cost. The materials were downloaded and distributed widely, and have impacted a large population of the state at no cost to the educational providers, governmental programs, faith-based groups, and nonprofit organizations that use them. The project team continues to distribute the materials online and by hand delivery as requested. Now that the materials have been created, they can be reprinted and downloaded as needed, without having to reinvest in design, editing, or testing.
What are the main factors needed to successfully replicate this solution elsewhere?:
In order to complete the Risk Literacy project, the project team made connections with literacy providers, conducted focus groups with those providers in order to understand how to best communicate the information, and worked with graphic designers and writers to produce the materials. The project team then tested and modified the materials with local literacy groups, made updates based on feedback to the testing, and printed and posted the materials online. Finally, the project team identified other groups in the community who could benefit from the materials and disseminated the materials to those groups. In order to successfully replicate this solution in other areas, the group implementing the project will not have to do the research, testing and editing. Since the template has already been developed, communities throughout the United States can adapt it to different geographies, hazards, and populations for just the cost of printing. This adaptation has already been proven successful, as the Florida Literacy Coalition revised the materials, with permission, to apply to the state of Florida. These materials can be found at http://floridaliteracy.org/preparingforstorms.html. As the project team developed more materials as the project evolved, other groups could design additional materials to go along with the curriculum.