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Call for Applications – 2022 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes 2022

Best Practice wanted!

We invite applications for our 2022 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes, honoring outstanding achievement and practice in advancing quality education.

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prizes honor outstanding achievement and practice in advancing quality education. We are looking for your application!

Three Best Practice Prizes, each endowed with CHF 200,000, will be awarded in late September 2022.

Applications should align with the Foundation’s strategy Understanding and Embracing Variability in Learning, and reinforce the core competences described therein.

Track record and planned work of applying organizations will be assessed along the following criteria:

1. Outstanding Achievement

The Prize candidate has demonstrated outstanding achievements in advancing learning and education.

2. Alignment with Jacobs Foundation Strategy

The Prize candidate’s approach aligns with the Foundation’s strategic focus on Understanding and Embracing Variability in Learning.

3. Willingness to engage and impact in JF focus regions

The Prize candidate’s work is capable to inspire practice and policy in the Foundation’s geographic areas of interest. Alternatively, the candidate presents a concept to scale the impact of the organization in one of Foundation’s geographic areas of interest.

4. Evidence Base

The Prize candidate’s approach integrates lessons learnt from research and best practices, builds on existing and sound scientific evidence, and has the potential to generate results and evidence that might be useful for future projects in similar or different settings. The candidate’s concrete activities have been systematized and externally and independently evaluated; measures to promote the dissemination of results are in place.

5. Sustainable Impact and Replication

The Prize candidate’s approach has been successfully replicated or scaled up or has the strong potential to do so. The approach is sustainable on the local level through direct beneficiary implication or from a programmatic perspective via strong business model, partnerships, knowledge transfer to third parties (e.g., government). The approach shows the potential to induce systemic change.

6. Strategy and Implementation

The organization has a clear results framework and theory of change backed by research evidence and manages resources accordingly. The organization has a sound M&E system and tracks relevant KPIs. Measures are put in place to not only collect, but also learn from data and adapt implementation.

7. Management and Cooperation Partners

The organization shows sound organizational management, via quality personnel, team composition and strong leadership culture. The Prize candidate has confirmed access to a strong network of operational and strategic partners. The candidate disposes of a proven track record of experience in the topic domain, the target group, and the country.

8. Financial viability

The proposed model is financially viable, and the organization has secured funding sources for at least 6 months. The organization has diversified sources of income.

To submit your initial application, please click here and complete the online form.

Submission due date is February 10, 2022, 23.00 CET.