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2023 LEAP Challenge

How can education solutions become more evidence-based?

Submissions are Closed


Dr. Munira Amirali

Assistant Professor & Director Master's Programmes, Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development

Pauline Essah

Director of Research and Programmes, Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA)

Isabelle Hau

Executive Director, Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Rama Kayyali

CEO, Little Thinking Minds

Marianne Kiggundu

Former, Country Programmes Manager, VVOB Rwanda

Lindsay Kincaid

Chief Program Officer, Team4Tech

United States

Jared Lee

Co-founder and Senior Expert in Residence, Education Outcomes Fund

Rohit Nema

Independent Consultant, Eklavya Foundation, Bhopal

Swetha Prakash

Chief Executive Officer, Plus Education


Animesh Priya

Director of Partnerships, Global School Leaders


Lea Simpson

Director, EdTech Hub

Simon Sommer

Co-CEO, Jacobs Foundation

Prof Dr Martin Tomasik

Professor for Research Methods in Developmental and Educational Sciences, University of Zurich


Emily Tusiime

Regional Assessment Coordinator - East Africa, Aga Khan Foundation

Solomon Twum

Country Director, Reach for Change, Ghana


Dr. Claudia Urrea

Senior Associate Director of MIT pK-12, MIT

United States

Laura White


United Kingdom

Dr. Sharon Wolf

Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

United States

Judging Criteria

  • Partnership Potential: The application demonstrates that the organization has a supportive infrastructure and a dedicated Team Lead who has authority and capacity to partner and engage collaboratively with a Fellow Team on a research-intensive LEAP Project.
  • Awareness of Current Evidence Base: The application has a sound Theory of Change or logic model that describes what the solution does and why it matters coherently and convincingly. The application outlines a clear understanding of the solution’s current evidence base as well as the need to strengthen it.
  • Research Aims: The research aims are related to establishing and/or strengthening the evidence base of its solution. The research questions are logical based on the organization’s needs. The outputs appropriately link to the research questions.
  • Project Feasibility: The application proposes a LEAP Project with outputs that are manageable for a Fellow team (3-4 part-time LEAP Fellows working 6-10 hours a week) to accomplish within a 12-week sprint period.
  • Potential for Impact: The application outlines a realistic, practical plan for what the organization will do with the outputs once the LEAP Project concludes. The application proposes a LEAP Project that has the potential to be transformative for the organization’s solution and the population it serves.

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