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Refugee Education Challenge Tips for Refinement

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We’ve had thousands of visitors and over 380 ideas contributed to our Refugee Education Challenge. A big thank you to all of you who have participated and are passionate about expanding opportunities in education for refugees around the world!

We’re excited to share our shortlist of ideas moving forward to the Refinement phase. Refinement is an opportunity for us to take a closer look at some of the best ideas in the challenge and share our collective expertise by providing feedback and support. Even if your idea wasn’t chosen for Refinement, we still need your help – ask questions, share your skills or join a team and help them move their idea forward! We also encourage you to keep working on your idea and to take advantage of our tools and resources.

As work together to make our Refinement ideas the best that they can be, we wanted to offer some insights into how we chose these ideas, what we’re looking for going forward – and some resources to help you get there!

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What we looked for to select our Refinement list:

We had a lot of inspiring contributions in the Ideas phase and choosing our Refinement list wasn’t easy. To narrow the list, our team asked the following questions:

  • Does this idea answer the challenge question in a clear way?
  • Has the contributor given thought to how this idea could be implemented in the world?
  • Is this an idea meant to be implemented in a DFID priority country or a country where   DFID is providing humanitarian relief?

We then looked for ideas that were the best examples among similar ones, original in the challenge or new to us, and that took into account the local community where the idea was to be implemented.

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What we’re looking for when selecting our Top Ideas:

Throughout the Refinement phase, we’ll be sharing feedback from the Amplify Team as well as from experts in the fields of education, technology and humanitarian interventions. From the Refinement Shortlist, approximately ten Top Ideas will be selected. The Amplify Team and our challenge partners will then evaluate ideas against a defined set of criteria. Broadly, we’ll be considering the following:

Potential: Will the idea improve education or expand learning opportunities for refugees?

How you can demonstrate this:

  • Clearly and briefly describe what your idea is about at the beginning of your submission.
  • Help us understand who will benefit from your idea and how they will benefit by completing a User Experience Map.
  • Show us how your idea could work by prototyping some part of your idea and getting user feedback. There are a number of resources that can help. Check out our short video, prototyping worksheet and resource page. Take a look at the weekly blog from Siddharth, our Prototyping Community Champion – or send him a question via his profile.
  • Seek user feedback and tell us how you’ve changed your idea based on it.

Originality: Does the idea present a bold solution to the challenge question or a departure from how our challenge question has been answered in the past?

How you can demonstrate this:

  • Show us you’ve done your research – tell us how your idea different from what your organization is currently doing or what already exists in the world.
  • Describe the aspects of your idea as clearly and concisely as possible, answering all questions in the submission form.
  • Tell us about yourself – how has your experience informed this idea?

Engagement: Was the contributor responsive to the feedback and support it received from the OpenIDEO community?

How you can demonstrate this:

  • Answer the questions from the Amplify Team and our experts, and respond to feedback from members of our challenge community. Help us find these easily by filling in the section on our submission form.
  • Tell us how your idea has changed over the course of the challenge.
  • Respond to feedback shared with you in the comments section. If these trigger  significant updates to your idea, mention this in your submission.
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Looking forward to Funded Ideas

Based on the above criteria, we’ll select our Top Ideas. Contributors of those ideas will be invited to a design boot camp, where they’ll work with our team to further refine their ideas.

Afterwards, a handful of Top Ideas will be selected to receive funding and design support from the Amplify Program. We will select ideas that will most benefit from the scope and scale of support we can provide.

We’ll consider:

Does this idea hit the intersection of viability, relevance and feasibility?

Is the scale of the project such that the amount of funding and design support available ($50,000-100,000) would have a substantial impact on the development of the idea?

Does our design support have the potential to propel this idea forward?

Is this idea contributed by or in collaboration with an implementing organization that already works with refugee communities? Does the idea take into account the context of our challenge by addressing our six design principles?

Interested to learn more? Take a look at the About Amplify page.

We can’t wait to see how your ideas will grow and evolve between now and July 2nd. Join us in the Refinement phase and let’s collaborate to make these great ideas even better!


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