Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes


What does creative learning look like for grown-ups?

Working in the education and non-profit sectors, I’ve been to talks and conferences that fire up my passion – that make me want to leap out of my seat and do something. But I’ve been to at least as many with uninspired content, formats, speakers, or all of the above – gatherings where I wind up […]

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Posted on 24 Jul 2015

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Thinking scale – some tips to think about

Many of the organisations that we work with ultimately aim to scale – but very few have a clear sense of how to do it. While at a detailed level there are lots of ways to think about and plan for scale, here are a few tips we think can help: Start by shifting your […]

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Posted on 1 Jul 2015

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Communicating effectively about your organisation’s work and achievements: resources and advice

As a funder, we are at the receiving end of organisations’ efforts to communicate their work and achievements. We review many grant applications, sit through hours of presentations and carefully study reporting and learning documents. From this experience, we thought it might be helpful to share some of the common mistakes that we see, and […]

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Posted on 22 Apr 2015

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To randomise or not to randomise?

As portfolio managers of a developmental finance organisation, we often find ourselves completely exhausted after a round of tug-and-war during funding application assessments.  How can we be certain that the projects that we would like to see funded are worth our investment?  What evidence is there that the model works?  How is one project approach […]

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Posted on 2 Feb 2015

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The FunDza Literacy Trust: Evaluating a technology-driven reading for pleasure programme

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to get young South Africans reading for pleasure, by disseminating high-interest, locally generated reading content that can be accessed via cellphones. The fantastic thing about using a technology platform as its delivery mechanism is that it generates large amounts of data. FunDza can measure – within reason – who is […]

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Posted on 3 Jun 2014

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Working Rigorously With Stories: Introducing the Impact Story Tool

Stories told by programme beneficiaries can be useful when evaluating the effectiveness/impact of programmes.  However, because stories are subjective, on their own they are seldom regarded as sufficient evidence that a programme/intervention is effective.  Researchers have found numerous ways of addressing the concerns about the credibility of stories as an information source on the effectiveness […]

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Posted on 4 Mar 2014

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