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A priority for Ideas to Impact is to share learning and produce robust evidence on the value and use of prizes in a development context. Sharing our experiences and learning on the challenges and pitfalls of innovation prizes for development and social change, and on designing and running innovation prizes for development, in the hope that others may be able to learn from our experiences.
THE CLIMATE INFORMATION PRIZE: HELPING KENYANS TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE - BRIEF
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The Climate Information Prize (CIP) was a competition that ran in Kenya between 2015 and 2018. It aimed to encourage local innovators to develop climate information services that could be accessed and used by farmers, so they could reduce their vulnerability to climate change.

The CIP was run under the UK Aid-funded Ideas to Impact programme, which was established to test the value of using innovation prizes to achieve international development outcomes, often to encourage people to act differently over months or years.

This brief provides a snappy overview of what happened when Ideas to Impact ran the CIP and the key findings emerged from its evaluation. If you are interested in the details, read the full report here.

The CIP was delivered by IMC Worldwide with Cardno as the local implementing agent and was designed by the Institute of Development Studies.

THE CLIMATE INFORMATION PRIZE: TEKELEZA (STAGE 2) FINAL EVALUATION REPORT
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Author: Clare Stott, Cheryl Brown

The Climate Information Prize (CIP) sought to incentivise the development and implementation of innovative climate information services for the poorest and most vulnerable people in Kenya.  

It was delivered by IMC Worldwide and Cardno as the local implementing agent and was designed by the Institute of Development Studies.

The CIP is one of a number of innovation prizes under the UK Aid-funded Ideas to Impact programme, which was established to test the value of using innovation prizes to achieve international development outcomes, often to encourage people to act differently over months or years.

The programme’s evaluators at Itad are supporting Ideas to Impact to understand if such prizes worked as intended, and when and where they could be useful as a funding mechanism for international development, compared to other forms of funding, such as grants.

The CIP evaluation report explores what happened when Ideas to Impact tried using prizes in Kenya to help people cope with and adapt to the climate. A summary of the report is available here.

DISCUSSION PAPER: USING INNOVATION INDUCEMENT PRIZES FOR DEVELOPMENT: WHAT MORE HAS BEEN LEARNED?
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Author: Jessica Roberts, Cheryl Brown, Clare Stott

Ideas to Impact (I2I) is an action-research programme designing, implementing and testing innovation prizes, to induce innovative solutions to development challenges in climate change adaptation, energy access and water, sanitation and hygiene.

As the programme’s Evaluation and Learning team, Itad carried out a literature review on the use of innovation inducement prizes in development to put I2I’s learning into context. When weighing up the final evaluation findings, the findings from the literature review will help the E&L team gauge how I2I’s results and experiences compare to what other people have found. What do they confirm or contradict? Does I2I have anything new to say?

Learning Paper: The challenges of field-testing off-grid refrigerators
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As part of the Ideas to Impact energy access theme, IMC Worldwide, CLASP and Energy 4 Impact have run the Global LEAP Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition to encourage the development of energy-efficient refrigerators that are affordable and suitable for off-grid communities. As well as testing fridges in a laboratory, we also tested them in the field with Ugandan shop owners to determine efficiency, reliability and design appropriateness for off-grid users. To our knowledge, outside the vaccine refrigeration industry, there has been no field-testing at this scale that crosschecks lab test results in a comparable ‘non-commercial’ context. Here we share the challenges we faced, which ranged from developing a methodology from scratch to data collection and logistics, and how we overcame them.

LPG Cylinder Prize: Evaluation Report Summary
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Author: Cheryl Brown

The Cylinder Prize ran for two months from July 2015, and was one of three prizes designed to support the planned reform of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution in Ghana. 

The purpose of these evaluations is to make learning about innovation prizes and challenges tested by the programme available to key stakeholders. The primary objective of this evaluation is to analyse and report on the success or failure of the Cylinder Prize to achieve its intended results. 

This is a summary of the full evaluation report, also available. 

LPG Cylinder Prize: Evaluation Report
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Author: Cheryl Brown

The Cylinder Prize ran for two months from July 2015, and was one of three prizes designed to support the planned reform of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution in Ghana. 

The evaluation of the Cylinder Prize was carried out by Itad, the evaluation partner for Ideas to Impact and is the smallest of the prize-level evaluations for the programme. The purpose of these evaluations is to make learning about innovation prizes and challenges tested by the programme available to key stakeholders. The primary objective of this evaluation is to analyse and report on the success or failure of the Cylinder Prize to achieve its intended results. 

How should we assess the Value for Money of Innovation Prizes for development?
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Author: Cheryl Brown

This presentation demonstrates the Ideas to Impact programme findings so far on how to assess the value for money of innovation prizes in development. The findings are based on experience of delivering and continuing to evaluate five innovation prizes, along with desk-based research of other modalities, such as Challenges or Results-based Payments. 

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Innovating in Development: Workshop Report
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Author: Isabel Vogel, Gabrielle Minkley

This report summarises the rich discussions, learning, case studies and practical tools generated at the 2day Innovating in Development Learning Event held in February 2017.

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Innovating in Development Learning Event: Challenge Brief
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Author: Isabel Vogel

This Challenge Brief summarises emerging insights on the topic of innovating in development from operational experience to inform discussions at the Innovating in Development Learning Event held in February 2017.

Highlighting where are currently in the field of innovating in development, and exploring the broad issues and insights around scaling, replication and diffusion, and the inter-related topics of innovation ecosystems and risk.

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Innovation prizes for energy access
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Innovation prizes for water and sanitation
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Innovation prizes for climate change adaptation
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Innovation prizes: a guide for use in a developing country context
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A role for innovation prizes to support adaptation to climate change?
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Author: Mipsie Marshall and Lars Otto Naess
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Stimulating solutions to energy access through the use of innovation prizes
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Author: Simon Collings
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Can innovation prizes help address water and sanitation challenges?
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Author: Sophie Tremolet