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Frequently Asked Questions -FLN Impact at Scale Labs

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Frequently Asked Questions - FLN Impact at Scale Labs

Please see answered questions from other applicants below: 

  • Can preprimary schools apply?
    • Yes but only with innovations in the following categories
      • in-school interventions focused on primary Grades 1-3; 
      • higher grades in the primary. 
      • and remediation. 
  • Is Bangladesh (South Asian country) eligible?
  • Does the 'remediation' need to be delivered through mainstream education or can it be via a community-based learning centre that supports children to join mainstream schools once they have graduated?
    • Community-based learning is eligible, but 3rd a priority.

  • What are the prerequisites or eligibility to be a member of the Global Schools Forum?
  • Interventions focusing on teacher development will generally struggle to show a causal impact on learner outcomes. Demonstrating anything concrete and meaningful takes years of operation and significant scale. Do you consider this in the application phase?
    • Yes, we do. However, we would be keen to see any evidence you may have collected to show that your solution impacts the learning outcomes for children in primary schools. 
  • I’m not sure what you mean by ‘preliminary evidence’. We haven’t started looking at learner outcomes yet as we’re still working through our theory of change (focusing on teacher engagement/behaviours etc), and we believe there are more important metrics for us to track at this stage.
    • By preliminary evidence, we mean the programme has evidence of improving a child outcome from a study involving at least 20 participants, representing 60% of the sample, using validated instruments. The program has also used measures that are valid and reliable. Please read here for more information. 
  • How many funding grants will be provided under this call, since I can see it targets many countries?
    • 5 grants
  • Hello! A question - under solution eligibility, would you consider solutions based on established approaches proven in secondary research but where we do not have preliminary evidence since we are just starting?
    • Yes!
  • Could you please walk through the framework once more?
  • Is the USD 200,000 to be completed for by all organisations or each organisation that proves their solution get a grant of USD 200,000
    • Each successful organisation receives USD 200,000.
  • Can you send the link for the geographic location eligible for the program?
  • When you described the 3 priority areas of early primary, upper primary and remediation, does that mean the call will have grantees in each of those 3 areas or that early primary-focused programs would be a top priority?
    • Successful applicants can implement any, with priority for early primary. 
  • Can you share definitions for the early or growth stage requirement for organizations?
    • Early-stage and growth-stage innovations are welcome to apply. However, organisations need to be at the growth stage and thinking about scale i.e. 
      • must have been in operation for over 1 year, 
      • must have a dedicated team and board, 
      • have demonstrable experience in the local context. 
      • have evidence of impact in delivering solutions to the local context. 
      • are looking to scale the solution. 

  • If student learning outcomes have been measured using tools that are contextually modified versions of externally validated tools, will that be considered?
    • Yes, this would count as preliminary evidence. However, please state the areas of modification very clearly in your application. 

  • Could you elaborate on what constitutes evidence of a positive impact on learner outcomes in literacy and/or numeracy? Also, what are the acceptable externally recognised measurement tools for validating this impact?
    • We want to know if your solution works, and for you to demonstrate why you think it works, with regards to improving learning outcomes for children. Please share some proof that your solution has caused noticeable and documented improvement in numeracy and/or literacy in children through data you might have collected that shows your solution is effective. This could be demonstrated by the success rate of beneficiary children using a recognized evaluation/assessment tool such as the national exams or other assessment models like the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and Early Grade Maths Assessment (EGMA). Few other resources and examples for FLN assessments are also shared at the FLN Hub here
    • The level 2 requirement described in the eligibility criteria is the minimum requirement to be considered in the Labs. Thus, concerning the assessments described above, at the very minimum, we need you to share data that shows preliminary evidence of improving a child's literacy/numeracy outcome. We would accept data showing the effectiveness of some or all the components of your solution. 
    • Organisations that are not directly supporting children, e.g. teacher development programs, need to show how their teacher-focused programs ultimately improve the capabilities of children at the primary level. Thus, they should demonstrate processes they have in place to collect data continuously. 

This year’s Impact at Scale Lab is focused on supporting solutions that have shown or are showing demonstrable improvement in children's reading, writing and maths skills at the primary level.  Thus, please provide data to support this.