UNICEF and Results for Development Institute (R4D) are teaming up to facilitate the scale-up of innovations in global education by identifying promising models and supporting their improvement and diffusion. The partnership will collect and share evidence on the effectiveness of selected innovations in an effort to help the global education community better identify interventions that work.
As one of the world’s most prominent advocates for equitable, quality education for all, UNICEF has consistently sought solutions to global education challenges. Focusing on priorities such as early childhood development, gender equality in education, and quality learning in both primary and secondary schooling, UNICEF has invested in education programs across the globe, assisting governments and communities in better preparing their children for the future.
Similarly, R4D’s Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has sought to identify innovative models that improve access to quality education for the most marginalized. Funded by DFID, CEI supports the improvement, scale-up, and adaptation of models—not by funding them directly but by identifying and analyzing promising innovations and connecting them with each other, funders, researchers, and the public sector.
Over the next two years, UNICEF and R4D will design and test a strategy to better understand what types of innovative programs and interventions have the greatest potential for impact. Both partners will collaborate on devising selection criteria and a rapid assessment methodology to evaluate innovations.
UNICEF will provide funding for 7-10 selected innovations during an incubation phase that will allow innovators to strengthen their models while collecting evidence on effectiveness. R4D will facilitate evaluation and learning during this incubation phase, enabling rapid feedback cycles and continuous improvement. Based on the demonstration of potential impact and scalability, 3-5 innovations will receive a second round of funding from UNICEF with continued evaluation and learning support from R4D.
Finally, the lessons learned and results of this collaboration will be disseminated through joint UNICEF/CEI innovation showcase events and reports, and through this website.
Additional details on the partnership will be released in July 2014.