Global education innovations are ripe with potential to improve education around the world. However, more often than not, the solutions that end up in the hands of policy-makers, educators and students lack evidence-based development and fail to make progress on the complex issues they were designed to improve.
Even when there is recognition of the need for evidence-based innovation in education ventures, financial and structural barriers often hinder organizations to embark on this journey.
Take early-stage entrepreneurs or innovators: hiring support to become more evidence-based can be a prohibitive cost. Furthermore, dedicated opportunities for researchers and practitioners to collaborate on education solutions are scarce, leading to situations where the proposed innovations do not effectively meet contextualized education objectives.
Filling the evidence gap with tailored solutions: the LEAP initiative
At MIT Solve, having supported over 260 global social entrepreneurs since 2017, we know how transformative evidence-based groundwork can be for innovators looking to scale effectively and unlock funding and partnerships. And at the Jacobs Foundation, generating and translating evidence for education systems to improve and prosper is at the core of our mission.
Together we recently launched the Leveraging Evidence for Action to Promote change (LEAP) initiative, our effort to reduce these barriers and support organizations committed to advancing evidence-based and effective education solutions.