Grand Challenge for Development Investigative Studies Design

Client: DAI/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Problem: Launched in 2011 by USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is an on-going series of competitions to source scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries. A foundational part of the Challenge’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan is generating evidence on teacher uptake of training among grantees.

Solution: As a subcontractor to DAI, Moonshot Global worked with USAID to design and identify resources for several investigative studies of 32 Round 1 grantees and the Grand Challenges model for development. The studies considered the role of technology as a catalyst for increasing reach, reducing costs, and accelerating impact as a dimension of the theory of change. Moonshot Global’s contributions included:

  • Reviewing results of 32 Round 1 grantees to identify candidates for study
  • Developing concept note
  • Drafting scopes of work and identifying consultants