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MIKTA Education in Emergencies Challenge: Evaluation Criteria

There are two stages to the MIKTA Education in Emergencies Challenge evaluation process. Ideas that meet our basic eligibility criteria will make the Shortlist. To select the Top Ideas, we will dig a little deeper and consider the quality of the idea, and whether it offers a new and desirable approach.


  • Proposed innovations are in the 'mid spectrum' in terms of stage of development - more than just an idea but less than ready to scale. For example, concepts that are backed by some analysis, evidence and theory of change; a prototype ready to be tested; or a pilot ready to be implemented as a full project are all at the stage of innovation we are seeking.
  • Clearly articulate an answer to the challenge question: How might we improve educational outcomes for children and youth—particularly girls—in emergency situations?
  • Clearly articulates which of the four opportunity areas the solution aims to address, recognizing that some ideas may address more than one.
  • Could be implemented in one or more of the following emergency situations: sudden onset disaster, protracted crisis, conflict or complex emergencies. For example, emergency situations could include, but are not limited to: natural disaster, armed conflict, prolonged displacement, extreme drought.
  • Would not impose any unnecessary risk on intended beneficiaries or community at-large.
  • Is action-oriented.
  • Innovation or approach draws on the core competencies and operational history of yourself, your organization, or your consortia. 
  • Clearly articulates the scale at which the solution will be applied.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the context in which the solution will be applied.



  • Demonstrates an understanding of the needs of intended beneficiaries and incorporates their input.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how this solution can be applied in new contexts beyond the initial application.
  • Draws on available evidence or research (from self or others) to support any theory of change or claims.
  • Takes a new approach to the challenge, or uses an existing approach in a new way.
  • Shows an appropriate level of aspiration toward scaling the innovative solution in one or more of the following ways: increased number of users; applied in different geographic context(s); applied in different emergency situation(s).
  • Demonstrates improvement in response to feedback.
  • Is considered desirable and implementable by experts in the subject area.
  • Would benefit from the level of funding and support offered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Articulates how the innovative solution will address the particular challenges faced by girls in education in emergencies.


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