Institute of Museum and Library Sciences Homework Gap Grant Evaluation

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) Homework (HW) Gap Hotspot Grant seeks to expand access to broadband services and further establish public libraries as essential partners in reducing the homework gap. The grant program will seek to accomplish several goals: demonstrated evidence of a reduced homework gap among the population where the project is implemented, increased access to and use of online resources and tools for participants, increased digital literacy skills for participants, increased partnerships between public libraries and schools, and the production of a replicable and sustainable model for positioning and equipping libraries nationwide to provide services to decrease the homework gap. The grant hopes to create a toolkit which will outline best practices for implementing the model to bridge the homework gap in communities throughout the country and to develop digital literacy training programs which will be curated into an existing set of resources that can be tailored to target populations across the state and country.