We embrace a culture of learning within the Foundation. We proactively share what we learn to inspire transformation in systems beyond our direct reach.

We want to understand how to create the greatest impact as a philanthropic actor. Our partners help us by contributing perspectives, experiences, and resources. These refine our collective thinking and help us gain support for changes to systems. We share the results of our research and evaluation efforts, and openly reflect on our lessons learned and the ideas and insights generated by our teams, peers, and partners.


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16 January 2023

Call for Nominations: 2023 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Jacobs Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2023 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.

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11 January 2023

In Conversation with…: building diverse coalitions

Our latest ‘In conversation with’ article features Program Manager Sabina Vigani. Sabina joined the Jacobs Foundation in 2015 when it opened its first office outside Switzerland, in Abidjan. Sabina shares her reflections and learnings on the path to building strong, trusting and innovative coalitions that create systemic impact in education.

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21 December 2022

In Conversation with…: Forging Powerful Change Communities

In the second instalment of our new Conversation With series, Jacobs Foundation Program Manager, Cathrin Jerie, explains her work developing three cross-sectoral partnerships that support and incentivize researchers and practitioners to create evidence-based education practices.

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20 December 2022

2022 Jacobs Foundation Special Track Global EdTech Startup Awards Recipients

2022 Jacobs Foundation Special Track Global EdTech Startup Awards Recipients.





Every child has an enormous capacity to learn and must be given an equal opportunity to thrive. This philosophy and ambition form the bedrock of the Jacobs Foundation’s work. Watch why our work will continue to be necessary until all children enjoy the same opportunities to learn.

Reports & Studies

Formative Assessment Spotlight – Improving Learning for Every Child

The Jacobs Foundation and Finnish education organization HundrED have released a new report highlighting 14 formative assessment solutions that support teaching and learning.

Annual Report 2021

The Annual Reports provide a comprehensive overview of the Jacobs Foundation’s activities, institution, and finances.


CEPS study on the socio-political work of nonprofit organizations and grantmaking foundations.

Transforming social policy, education, and children’s lives

The Jacobs Foundation program Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) published a report today, documenting work over the last five years to improve the living conditions of farmers and their children in Côte d’Ivoire.

OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills

The OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills survey identifies and assesses the conditions and practices that foster or hinder the development of social and emotional skills for 10- and 15-year-old students from around the world.

Unlocking the impact of EdTech

The Jacobs Foundation commits CHF 40 million to global EdTech research and investment.


Emerald & Jacobs Foundation Vol. 1 – Impact in education through research-practice partnerships

Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are structured collaborations between practitioners – so the agencies with responsibility for delivering education, such as schools and the bodies governing and administering them, and those researching in the field of education such as universities, research institutions, or other groups that conduct research.

Emerald & Jacobs Foundation Vol. 2 – Impact in education through embedding research into school-level practice

How can research and data uncover the best practices in schools around the world and help school leaders make decisions around what strategies and tools to use? Find out what resources school leaders and teachers need, particularly those in under-resourced education systems, and how they can be supported by the wider research community

BOLD – Teachers’ Voices: How gender equality in education can benefit all children

How can teachers promote gender equality? How easy is it to start challenging stereotypes in the classroom? Can gender responsive pedagogies help break down the barriers holding girls back?

The BOLD podcast: How do children generate new ideas?

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs.