The Humanitarian Education Accelerator aims to improve education in crises in two ways:
- Help existing education in emergencies projects improve how they measure, evaluate, and scale their impact.
- Enlist expertise from external evaluators to build a robust evidence base on which approaches are most effective in this area, and which factors enable effective scale.
THE HUMANITARIAN EDUCATION ACCELERATOR IS BASED ON FOUR COMPONENTS:
Identifying Cohort of Innovation Teams
Cohort Development and Training
An important feature of the Humanitarian Education Accelerator includes the development of a cohort of innovators who will be partners in collaborative evaluation. Selected teams will meet annually for camps that will provide an opportunity to ensure the standardization of internal evaluation methods and will provide training on developmental evaluation approaches.
Mentorship will also be provided throughout the year to support evidence gathering with a focus on the process of scaling programs. The evidence gathered from the internal evaluation will identify good practices that foster successful program growth, of both their interventions and others.
Mentors will also be used to help selected teams validate and refine their site-specific program theories to scale for national, regional or global context. A key learning from innovation in education is that innovators vary in their capacity to take models to market and to scale. Beyond pedagogy, there are risks associated with adoption and traction and the economic sustainability of interventions. Our approach to mentorship will help build capacity of selected teams to effectively monitor and evaluate their interventions so as to produce robust evidence, but also skills to effectively pitch ideas to a range of potential funders and how to facilitate change in complex settings.
Process Evaluation Funds
The Humanitarian Education Accelerator acknowledges the value of investing in both independent evaluations, while also enhancing evaluative capacity within selected teams. This approach is informed from the Developmental Evaluation method; which recognizes that social innovation and complex environments demand an evaluative approach which is embedded and can monitor the ‘patterns which emerge from rapid, real time interactions that generate learning, evaluation and development’.
By adopting an embedded evaluation approach, selected teams will benefit from training and mentorship, which will enhance their ability to rapidly assess, respond and document the scaling of their programs in a complex environment. Building this capacity is also vital to enable long-term sustainability of the emergency education and innovation, ensuring that credible evidence is continually gathered across the field.
Innovation teams will be eligible to apply for financial grants of up to £300,000 to strengthen their internal evaluation capacity; ensuring teams can comply with the evaluation frameworks introduced during the inception bootcamp. The focus is be to build internal capacity of organizations to embed evidence gathering as a central aspect of all programs and document emergent learnings from the process of scaling.
- Coordinated by UNICEF