Get Your Technology/Solution Evaluated by SCALE UP Experts
July 15 (EXTENDED) Application deadline (send to Marcy Wilson at:
August 1 Announce cases to be evaluated by scale up experts during
September 27 Select cases evaluated publically at conference by expert panels
(complete “Application” form by July 15 (EXTENDED)) (NOTE:
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If you do not have information to complete all sections listed, you are still urged to submit an application.
1. Applicant Information
Title of Technology/Solution for Scale Up:
Name and Contact Information of Person Representing
Name of Organization Represented:
2. Description of Technology/Solution and Potential Audience for It (≤150 words)
Briefly describe the technology or solution you are
proposing to scale. What problem or need
is it intended to address, how many and who are the potential users, and what
is the magnitude of the potential benefit to those users?
3. Credibility of Proposed Technology/Solution (≤150 words)
To assess whether a proposed technology/solution can and
should be delivered at scale, it is important to assess the evidence that the
solution represents a feasible and effective approach to solving the targeted
problem. This evidence may take the form
of evaluations, studies and research demonstrating the impact of the solution,
its applicability in a variety of relevant contexts. It may also be demonstrated through highly
visible results – readily apparent to decision-makers and beneficiaries and
clearly linked to the proposed solution.
Describe how your solution to the problem that you have identified is
credible and supported by the evidence.
4. Recognition of Problem and Support for Change
Where a problem is recognized by beneficiaries and
practitioners as significant and persistent and where the resolution of the
problem is perceived by policymakers and beneficiaries as an urgent need, there
are greater opportunities to marshal support for and legitimize the proposed
solution. Is there any evidence that the
problem you propose to address is recognized as an urgent problem amongst
beneficiaries and policymakers?
5. Ease of Transferring and Applying technology/Solution
at Scale (≤150 words)
While some technical
solutions require only small adaptations, other solutions require significant
changes in practices and the buy-in of many decision-makers to be
successful. Describe the nature of the
changes needed by different actors in the value chain to implement the new
technology/solution at scale.
6. Social, Cultural, Gender, and Age Considerations for Scale Up (≤150 words)
How do you know that the technology/solution you intend to scale up is socially and culturally appropriate in the geographic locations it is intended to be used. Also, discuss whether and how gender dynamics or the role of youth might affect or be affected by the scaling of this technology/solution.
7. Drivers, Enabling Conditions, and Partnerships for Scale Up (≤150 words)
Scaling up interventions require certain forces or “drivers” to push the scaling process (e.g., champions, incentives, market or community demand, etc.). Enabling conditions typically need to be in place for the intervention to be scaled (e.g., fiscal, institutional, political, etc.). Also, partnerships with various actors (e.g., local implementing groups, extension, government, etc.) are often required for scale up. Identify the drivers, enabling conditions, and partnerships most essential for scaling up of this technology/solution.
8. Financial Sustainability of Proposed Technology/Solution
the financial resources needed to scale the proposed technology/solution, how
these can be mobilized, and whether ongoing subsidy is required after the
technology/solution reaches scale. If
you feel that the proposed technology/solution does not require recurring
financial support, describe why this is the case.
Applications by Experts
From all applications received,
experts will select 6-8 cases to be reviewed publically at the Scale Up
Conference, representing a variety of types of technologies/innovations
associated with agriculture.
All applications submitted will
be made available in electronic form to all conference attendees.
Format for Evaluation of
Cases at Conference
- Total time of 100 min. for public
evaluation of cases (4:20-6:00 p.m. on Thur., Sept. 27)
- 3 experts/panel; 3-4 panels of
- 2 cases reviewed publically by
each panel during a 90 min. period
- 45 min. for each case to be
reviewed by a panel (15 min. for opening presentation by applicant; 30 min. for
interactive assessment with expert panel)
- Last 10 min. of session to be
summary/closing comments by expert panel members about cases reviewed and
- Each panel will meet in a separate
- Presentations and expert
evaluations will be open to conference attendees
- Interactive assessment will
be informed and organized, to extent useful, around the Scalability Assessment Tool developed by MSI for USAID