Get Your Technology/Solution Evaluated by SCALE UP Experts


Timeline

July 15 (EXTENDED)   Application deadline (send to Marcy Wilson at: mwilson09@purdue.edu​)

August 1                      Announce cases to be evaluated by scale up experts during conference

September 27            Select cases evaluated publically at conference by expert panels​

Required Content of Application

(complete “Application​” form by July 15 (EXTENDED))  (NOTE:  CLICK TO GET FORM FOR COMPLETION)
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 Application:
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 (≤150 words)

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 (≤
150 words)

Describe 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.


Review of 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 experts
  • 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 general recommendations
  • Each panel will meet in a separate room
  • 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​ 
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