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Briefing Session for Shortlisted Organisations. Friday 12 October 2012. Innovation. Innovation for Education: What is it about?. Innovation Evidence Impact. Results. Demonstrate effective and equitable ways to improve children’s learning and educational experience. . Innovation Defined.

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  • Demonstrate effective and equitable ways to improve children’s learning and educational experience.
innovation defined
Innovation Defined

“Innovation is the creation and implementation of new or improved processes, products, or services that result in significant improvements in learning outcomes, cost- efficiency or the quality of education”

innovation defined1
Innovation Defined

“Innovation simply isn’t as unpredictable as many people think. There isn’t a cookbook yet, but we’re getting there”

Clayton Christensen

11 indicators of innovation capability
11 indicators of innovation capability
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Human Capital
  • Innovation Management Systems
  • Networks
  • Incentives and Rewards
  • Risk Management
  • Measuring, Learning and Adapting
  • Resources
  • Culture
  • Organizational Structure
scope and key strategies
Scope and Key strategies
  • Size and scope: 10 Million GBP from 2012 to 2015
  • Strategy 1:
  • Testing innovative projects implemented by civil society and the private sector
  • Strategy 2:
  • Supporting MINEDUC to become a “Hub for Innovation”
eligible projects
Eligible Projects
  • Innovation for Education will:
  • Test new ideas without existing evidence base
  • Test ideas piloted in other countries, but not in Rwanda
  • Test ideas piloted in Rwanda, but without sufficient evidence base
mineduc as a hub for innovation
MINEDUC as a Hub for Innovation
  • Provide committed & inspiring leadership
  • Minister as a ‘Champion’ of innovation
  • Inspire innovation to deliver ESSP
  • Create a culture of innovation
  • Provide training to support management of innovation
  • Supporting staff incentive initiatives
  • Innovation Awards
  • Staff Appraisal Design
  • Planning for future scale-up of innovative solutions
  • Supporting MINEDUC to identify cost-effective, high quality solutions for scale-up
  • Resources
  • Support thinking on how MINEDUC could sustain innovation for education
  • Innovation Evidence
  • Generating evidence of ‘What Works’ to inform MINEDUC programmes
  • Connecting people, places & ideas
  • Creating a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration – MINEDUC website
  • Organising events & workshops – learning and dissemination
  • Showcasing best practice both nationally and internationally
m e strategy for applicants material structure
M&E strategy for applicants: material structure
  • Concepts and general approach
  • Methodology
  • Tools
importance of theory of change
Importance of Theory of Change
  • This provides the rationale for what links what in how your activities lead to the improvement in education quality (e.g. to improved learning outcomes and improved graduation rates)
  • It should show where evidence is low, medium or high for the links
  • Hence where the evidence is needed
monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Monitoring seen as Quality Assurance (QA)
    • what is happening, are there problems, take action to improve the quality
  • Evaluationis concerned with the outcomes of the projects, and the innovation processes
  • Collect data systematically
  • Report these data back to all levels
  • Enable timely action on the data, at the appropriate level

School-based teacher training project activities and QA information collection and reporting

Project team



Core trainer (CT) support SEOs

SEOs evaluate meetings

CT holds SEO meetings3-monthly

Sector EOs support TaT

SEO holds TaT meetings 2-monthly

TaTs evaluate meetings

Teacher as trainer (TaT)

2-monthly teacher meetings (5 schools)

Teachers evaluate meetings

SEO visits schools


School-based professional development

  • Provides evidence of
    • Outcomes in terms of improved quality of education
    • the Processes of innovation
o utcome evaluation
Outcome evaluation
  • Changes in attitudes and knowledge (e.g. of teachers)
  • Changes in behaviour (e.g. classroom practices)
  • Improvements in learning outcomes (e.g. students)
keeping girls in school
Keeping girls in school
  • Mentor girls to provide support to deal with issues in schools and give financial skills
    • More confident girls able withstand pressures
    • Money to help stay in school
    • Better retention rates of girls in school
improved school leadership
Improved school leadership
  • Coach Head Teacher (HT) and improve school leadership
    • Improved HT performance
    • Improved teachers (knowledge and understanding)
    • Improved classroom practices
    • Improved learning outcomes
teacher training
Teacher training
  • Improve subject knowledge and pedagogic skills through materials and support
    • Better attitudes towards learning and students
    • Better knowledge and understanding
    • Better classroom processes
    • Improved student learning outcomes
change perceptions of parents to education
Change perceptions of parents to education
  • Mobilize, empower and engage parents, and give parenting skills
    • More interest in own children’s education
    • More interest in school’s operation and performance
    • Better attendance of teachers and marking of student work
    • Better student attendance and retention
processes of innovation
Processes of innovation
  • Where are pressure points for making the innovation work?
    • Involvement and ownership at all levels


    • Control of innovation (risk)
  • New roles for actors in innovation (e.g. SEOs as HT coaches)
  • Links (networks) within education system
  • Evaluation issues (practical and methodological)
  • Do you learn from process?
special areas
Special areas
  • Web and ICT related work in classrooms
    • Usage (web statistics)
    • Interaction (qualitative/hand analysis)
    • Linking classroom and web/computer work
  • Media research (e.g. for campaigns)
    • Sampling the listening audience
    • Projecting samples to population
budget preparation instructions
Budget Preparation Instructions
  • All costs included in the budget should be justifiable
  • Budget should correspond with the planned activities in the narrative proposal
  • Value for money should be given attention: will be looked at particularly carefully during the proposal evaluation
  • One criteria for VfM is the % in relation to direct and indirect costs (70% and 30%)
  • Note changes in eligible and non-eligible costs: will be updated soon
  • Updated budget format
eligible costs
Eligible Costs
  • Project activities
  • Cost of Staff assigned to the project
  • Travel and subsistence costs for staff and other person taking part in the project
  • Purchase or rental costs for equipment and supplies (the costs must correspond to the market rates)
  • Cost of Consumables
eligible costs continued
Eligible Costs Continued
  • Subcontracting expenditures
  • Costs deriving from the requirements of the contract such as;
      • Dissemination of information
      • Evaluation specific to the project
      • Audit
      • Translation
      • etc
non eligible costs
Non-eligible Costs
  • Debts and provisions for losses or debts
  • Depreciation costs
  • Interest costs
  • Item already financed
  • Purchase of land or buildings
  • Currency exchange losses

Ref. to Application Guidelines

budget line items budget template
Budget line items (Budget template)
  • The budget contains main line items and sub line items and both must reflect project needs.
  • Line items should be self-explanatory and if this is not the case additional explanations should be given in notes to detailed budget
  • The categories of the main budget need be detailed out in the activity budget breakdowns. Titles of detailed breakdown sheets and main sheet should correspond
  • Refer to disclaimer in the Application Guidelines: Page 23

Contact Details

Address: 3rd Floor, Office 311, MINEDUC Building, Kacyiru – Kigali



Tel: +250 786340061