Turkey and Syria earthquake: evidence-based innovations and guidance for acute crisis response.
This funding call is now closed.
Despite growing emphasis in the humanitarian sector on the importance of improving the collection, sharing and use of data on disability and older age, there is still a lack of high-quality and action-oriented data about people’s experiences and barriers faced in humanitarian settings (Robinson et al., 2020).
This innovation challenge is looking for innovative data collection approaches that will generate action-oriented recommendations on how to make humanitarian programmes more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.
In humanitarian settings, data is often collected without a clear purpose and is not used to inform and improve humanitarian programming. While tools like the Washington Group questions are increasingly being used to collect data on individual functional ability, there is limited evidence of disaggregated data being collected on a large scale or being used to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities and older people.
Commonly used qualitative data collection methods can pose barriers to exclusion, and are rarely co-designed with representative organisations, such as older people’s associations (OPAs) and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs).
Data collection is additionally challenging due to key features of humanitarian settings, such as insecurity and populations that include vulnerable individuals. Despite agreed principles and standards, approaches to data responsibility are often inconsistent in humanitarian settings.
This innovation challenge is designed to respond to these multi-layered and interlinked problems, and we hope that the innovation projects we support will make measurable progress towards addressing them.
We are looking to support innovative data collection approaches that will generate action-oriented recommendations on how to make humanitarian action more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.
The expected outputs for supported projects include:
Projects must be delivered through meaningful collaboration between one or more representative organisations (OPDs and OPAs) and humanitarian actors. OPAs and OPDs are expected to play an integral role in all of the project stages, including planning and budgeting, design and implementation, as well as in writing the proposal.
For further information about the challenge, evaluation criteria and application timelines, as well as a glossary of key terms, please read the challenge handbook (accessible PDF).
To apply for the challenge, fill out the Expression of Interest (EoI) via our Common Grant Application platform.
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For further details on the eligibility criteria, read the Challenge Handbook.
By ‘innovative data collection approach’, we mean an approach that:
Find out more about the types of projects we are looking to fund in the Challenge Handbook.
Humanitarian settings can include:
We recognise that in existing humanitarian settings there may now be new or amended humanitarian programming to prevent and respond to COVID-19. Projects implemented as part of COVID-19 response activities in an existing humanitarian setting will be eligible. Implementation as part of COVID-19 response activities outside of an existing humanitarian setting (ie, in the general population of a country) is not eligible.
We envisage funding a selection of projects with budgets up to 175,000 GBP. Please note that budgets above 175,000 GBP are ineligible. Innovations with shorter project timelines and budgets below this threshold are welcomed and encouraged.
Each project is expected to last up to 18 months. Projects should plan to start in April 2023 and all project-related activities must complete before November 2024. Please see the ‘Challenge timeline’ section of the handbook for further details.
The total duration of projects should cover all your project activities (see ‘Expected activities’ section in handbook) and include sharing lessons learned with other innovators selected for this challenge and with the broader humanitarian sector. We are unable to offer any project extensions, so applicants should be responsible in their planning and leave space for flexibility.
For further details on what costs are eligible for this grant, see the ‘Funding and timelines’ section in the Challenge Handbook.
Overheads may include up to 10% of the direct costs listed in the budget. They should not exceed this amount, nor be calculated as a percentage of both the direct and indirect costs combined. For more information, please see the Eligible Costs Guidance document on our Resource Library page.
The Data-driven inclusion challenge launches on 3 August 2022.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) is 14 September 2022 at 12:59 BST (check what this is in your timezone). Apply via the Common Grants Application platform.
For further details on the application process and timelines, read the Challenge Handbook.
For details on who is eligible to apply and assessment criteria for proposals, see ‘Criteria for successful projects’ and ‘Eligibility checklist’ sections in the challenge handbook.
Many organisations have templates for MoUs or other partnership agreements. We have no preference for format but provide a possible template in the handbook. We are looking to see a clear agreement that is tailored to this project, demonstrated commitment to the project, and clearly outlines roles and responsibilities between the different organisations in the partnership. We would expect this agreement to be dated and include organisational logos and signature(s) from relevant senior managers.
Applicants are welcome to submit proposals to any of the open innovation challenges.
One organisation can apply for more than one challenge. One organisation may also submit multiple applications to the same challenge.
However, please note that you may only have one application in progress in the Common Grant Application system at a time. You can either:
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Sometimes we have suggestions for partners but we are not able to commit to securing partners for applicants. If you have a particular type of partner in mind, get in touch with us at email@example.com and we will see if we can help.
We’re here to help. For any questions that are not covered by the challenge handbook or FAQs section, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing ‘Data-driven inclusion challenge’ in the subject line. We will publish any frequently asked questions on the challenge webpage on an ongoing basis.
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