Results for Development (R4D) through its Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has unique and valuable insight into innovative models – how they are distributed, what they do, how well they work, and how promising ones can be improved, scaled up and adapted to serve the world's poor.

CEI supports these promising models using two mutually-reinforcing mechanisms: a public online platform and a network of country-based organizations surfacing new programs, engaging local stakeholders, and gaining an in-depth understanding of education innovation activity and opportunities in each country.

The CEI website draws thousands of visits a month from innovators, funders, governments and research institutions interested in learning more about the education innovation ecosystem.

CEI hosts customized virtual collaboration spaces for various groups involved in education innovation, including the Girls' Education Challenge and STIR Education - a teacher-led movement to improve children's learning in developing countries.

CEI also works with influential organizations including WISE ed.hub - the Qatar Foundation's education innovation platform; GlobalGiving - a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects; and Toniic – a global action community for impact investors, to maximize learning, funding and collaboration opportunities for high-potential education programs.


CEI provides comprehensive, up-to-date, and searchable information about innovative programs in its virtual Programs Database.

CEI uses the Programs Database as a starting point to learn about what works and why



CEI connects people implementing, funding, and studying innovative programs to translate good practices and enable improvement, adaptation, and scale-up of promising approaches

Our Team

Nicholas Burnett

Managing Director

Nicholas Burnett leads the global education portfolio at Results for Development Institute (R4D). His work centers on addressing tough challenges in the field of global education that are often neglected, especially using combinations of analysis, financing, model identification and connecting key stakeholders.

Donika Dimovska

Program Director

Donika Dimovska is a Program Director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D). As part of her portfolio, Ms. Dimovska manages R4D's flagship education and health innovation platforms, the Center for Education Innovations and Center for Health Market Innovations.

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The value of the Center for Education Innovations comes from our close connections and relationships with people committed to advancing the quality of education for the world's poor.

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