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All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development – Program Research & Generating Insights for Scale-Up

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Launched in 2011, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is a joint-partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, and the Australian Government. The initiative is an ongoing series of grant and prize competitions that leverage science and technology to source, test, and disseminate scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries. ACR GCD Round 2 has provided ICT-focused grants to 12 organizations in 10 countries. Grantees’ projects focus on improving children’s literacy skills in a variety of ways, from providing children who have low vision or are blind in India with human-narrated audio books, to giving families in Mali immediate access to digital reading resources and local libraries, and developing multi-modal presentations to encourage children’s oral language skills in Cambodia. School-to-School International provides monitoring, evaluation and research support to ACR GCD Round 2 grantees, promoting high-quality interventions that can be adjusted during project implementation to produce the greatest impact.

Measuring Impact: STS President Presents at Conference in Australia

School-to-School International president and co-founder Dr. Mark Lynd gives a master class presentation at the "Digital Innovation for Children Literacy Summit and Showcase" on April 27 in Melbourne, Australia.

School-to-School International president and co-founder Dr. Mark Lynd gives a master class presentation at the “Digital Innovation for Children Literacy Summit and Showcase” on April 27 in Melbourne, Australia.

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia! Members of School-to-School International’s staff have traveled to dozens of countries in Asia and Africa for work, but this trip marks the first time we have visited Australia professionally.

We’re thrilled to be here for the two-day Digital Innovation for Child Literacy Summit and Showcase. Today, STS president and co-founder Dr. Mark Lynd gave a master class presentation titled “Measuring Impact of Innovative Programs.” Mark shared his expertise about how people can determine how much of a difference their programs are making in people’s lives.

USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Agency for International Development organized the conference as part of their partnership on All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD). In 2011, the three organizations launched ACR GCD, which funds innovative, low-cost ideas to improve  children’s reading skills.