LOOKING FOR CUTTING-EDGE EDUCATION INNOVATIONS THAT ARE READY TO SCALE IN EMERGENCIES
The Humanitarian Education Accelerator will identify promising innovations for scaling up to other contexts or a broader group of affected populations. A critical element will be the identification of innovations that have demonstrated a strong proof of concept in one location, and have entered into scaling these pilots within a national, regional or global context. Applications for support under the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) should focus on education in emergencies projects that demonstrate innovation, effectiveness, and scalability. A project is innovative if it provides a new approach to address existing problems in education in emergencies. A project is effective if it provides evidence of a proof of concept that can be linked, through a credible theory of change, to improve education outcomes for children and youth. A project is scalable if it is relevant and pertinent to the context, financially and institutionally sustainable, and adaptable.
Selected candidates will benefit from:
- Tailored mentorship on the scaling process and on evaluation;
- Annual bootcamps to build organizational capacity and enable peer-support;
- A fully-funded external evaluation and;
- Up to £300,000 to strengthen evaluation capacity within your organisation.
All projects should be affiliated with a recognized, legally constituted organization with existing programming capacity. The HEA will only consider applications that have been fully-filled with the information requested in the application form.
Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:
1. Summary. Provide a brief summary statement of your innovative education project by outlining the key problem statement and solution that you have come up with.
2. Context. Describe in more detail how you identified the challenge in the community context  you are working with, how you arrived at the key problem statement and the improvement the project is seeking to achieve.
3. Project Description. Describe the objectives and beneficiaries to which the project contributes, the main project components, what phase of the project you are currently in, and the role of your organization, partners and local stakeholders in the design and refinement of the project. What is the potential impact on the person’s of concern?
4. Proof of Concept. Provide proof of concept that tests the effectiveness of the project. Is there an existing evaluation of your project in its current state or its pilot? Please provide a link.
5. Scaling Plan. Please respond to the following questions:
5.1. Is your organization already scaling your project? If yes, please elaborate on the context of the scaling up process, including:
a. current funding and resources,
b. beneficiaries, and
c. geographic scope
5.2. If you are planning to scale, please provide information about:
a. secured funding and resources,
b. beneficiaries, and
c. geographic scope
5.2. What is your current (expected) timeline for scaling your initiative?
5.3. How has your scaling plan adapted best practices from your pilot initiative in order to upscale it or scale it to a new context/location?
5.4. If your project uses technology, is it an open-source and follows the Principles for Digital Development?
6. Theory of Change. Describe how project activities or implementation strategies are understood to produce a series of results (outputs) that contribute to achieving the final intended impacts (outcomes), taking into account risks, assumptions, and your specific context.
7. Evaluative Funds. The intended use of the grant funds it to strengthen evaluation capacity, please respond to the following questions:
7.1. How would you use the HEA grant?
7.2. Are you collecting or planning to collect baseline information on project beneficiaries? Please provide information of your Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, specifying M&E processes and methodology in terms of data collection, reporting and dissemination of results.
8. About you. Describe your organization and its mission, and provide information of its institutional and financial capacity.
9. Motivation. Please tell us the motivation behind applying for the HEA and how you think the HEA would add value to your scaling up process.
 By context, we mean geographic, demographic, economic, and political conditions.