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2014 Call for Impact Evaluation Proposals on Non-State Actors in Basic Education: Promoting Expansion and Quality of Education

Grants to USA & International Research Evaluation Teams to Examine the Impact of Non-State Education Providers

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Funding Source:

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Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), a trust fund at the World Bank; with funding by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and London-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/30/15 6:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA and international research evaluation teams for impact evaluations of non-state primary and secondary education programs that are managed and operated by non-state actors and groups, such as for-profit private schools, NGO operated schools and those run by faith-based providers. Applicants must submit inquiries to program staff by December 15.

SIEF is interested specifically in impact evaluations of programs that:

-Aim to improve understanding of the types of policies, programs, and mechanisms that are effective in improving education outcomes in low-income countries.

-Focus on poor populations from middle-income countries if results will be relevant to low-income countries.

-Focus on fragile and conflict affected states.

Selected proposals will have the opportunity to receive seed funding to develop a full technical proposal for the impact evaluation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149286

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Impact evaluation research teams from around the world are eligible.

No prior affiliation with the World Bank or SIEF’s funding organizations is needed.

Pre-Application Information:

To submit an application, the impact evaluation team must partner with a World Bank staff member who will, if the application is successful, manage the SIEF grant and provide fiduciary responsibility. The World Bank staff member can also act as an investigator on the project and support policy outreach. The application must be submitted electronically by the partnering World Bank staff member (TTL).

To identify potential World Bank TTLs, we encourage interested researchers to reach out to World Bank staff in the country office where the evaluation will takes place. Working relationships at the country level are key for the success of the research projects.

Interested applicants can also liaise with sector and regional colleagues at the World Bank. The SIEF team welcomes inquiries from impact evaluation teams seeking assistance to identify a World Bank staff member (TTL) to partner with. To enable sufficient time, inquiries must be received by December 15, 2015.

The application process is a two-step process. The first stage requires completing the online SIEF Application Form and submitting a completed Evaluation Budget Template by email by 6:00 PM (EST) January 30, 2015.

Submit an application online here:

-30 January 2015: Applications must be submitted via the online portal by 6:00 PM (EST)
-16 March 2015: Seed-funding recipients will be announced
-1 June 2015: Final deadline for submission of full technical proposals. Early submissions welcome.
-June 2015 – September 2015: Winners announced
-31 December 2019 – Closing date for all evaluations. All funded impact evaluations must have final results complete by this date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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