We have not replicated our innovation yet, but it is a strategic priority and we have a clear idea about what to replicate, where and with which partners
With EYE Learn platform (EYE Tool) at the centre, the #SeeAMillion Campaign has a clear plan for scaling as a Collective and under that we would also like to scale the platform through digital literacy labs imparting training to persons with visual impairment. However, we need support and mentoring to develop and sharpen our replication strategy for EYE Tool. Since the time of conception of the platform, we have kept replication in mind while designing EYE Tool, for example partner organizations being able to upload new content without making any changes in the software of the Tool, thereby facilitating the model of replication.
We aspire to scale the impact of our services and reach the unreached by:
- Accessing opportunities for additional support for replication
- Adopt a Theory of Change Model to unlock possibilities and map preconditions to achieve the long-term of scalability and cross border transfer.
ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY AND STRATEGY
EnAble India has experience of working with the Zero Project – Impact Transfer Model for EnAble Vaani and understands its value. Therefore, we do have an idea and an overall strategy on the human and financial resources required. Currently, we are in the process of securing funds for enhancing the product (EYE Tool) taking the platform for technology development into the next level and scale across borders.
- Leadership level: Mr. Moses Chowdari, the Program Director at EnAble India having an experience of 10+ years in the Disability sector, will be leading the entire program as a Champion for the #SeeAMillion Campaign. Moses builds sector talent by helping organizations develop and build leadership capacities. He has trained over 250 trainers across the globe including countries like the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Gambia, Afghanistan and Nepal. Moses Chowdari has won NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards- 2018, for his contribution towards EYE Tool and other scalable solutions and the NAB Sarojini Trilok Nath Award as the ‘Best role model’. LinkedIn Profile.
- Strategic level:Ms. Manisha Gupta, Founder and CEO at Start Up-India (https://www.startup-india.org/) will be involved in strategic plans and development of the program. Manisha has also worked with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public for ten years as the India Country Representative and International Director for Ashoka’s youth programs. At Start Up, Manisha has also developed replication-focused scale plans for more than 50 social entrepreneurs and their organizations.
- International Liaison: Mr. Julian Tarbox, has a vast experience in Disability Livelihoods. Julian has already been actively involved and experienced the Impact Transfer Program in 2017-18.
- Project Management: Ms. Rituparna Sarangi, has an experience of working in the social development sector for around a decade, focusing on capacity building and livelihood generation for marginalized communities.
The Board and Leadership team at EnAble India recognize and believe that a systemic view has to be taken in empowering persons with disability. We believe every stakeholder can equally contribute to the ecosystem development and, to support this, we have shared our manuals and learning guides through our open source platform EnAble Academy (www.enableacademy.org). EnAble India is also the Founder Member for Disability Network Alliance in Karnataka – India, a Board member at Workability Asia and Workability International and also our Founder Ms. Shanti Raghavan is a member of the Governing Council at The Skill Council of Persons with Disability.
We have also set up a one of its kind Leadership Academy for training Disability Professionals. EnAble India has been actively harnessing the Power of Collectives to scale livelihoods of Persons with Disabilities through campaigns such as Mission1000 for Persons with Intellectual Disability, #SeeAMillion for Persons with Visual Impairment and has initiated Hear A Million for the Deaf. These developments clearly indicate that ‘Replication’ is a large part of our organizational scale strategy aiming to promote cross – pollination of ideas for building the eco system.
As EYE Tool has years of human centred insights, we aspire to empower partners/ organizations to build on the same, addressing their local needs and thereby strengthening the power of the Collective. This will enable persons with vision impairment to build hopes and aspirations for career development, access opportunities for education and employment thereby making them Active Citizens and Nation Builders. We strongly believe this will be possible if we are able to reach out to every single person with vision impairment not only in India but around the world who has a need for Digital empowerment.
Wider Reach: Next 5 years, we aim to grow to 1 million visually impaired users.
Enhancing learning experience: We would like to enhance the tool to look for the learnable moments (using AI and ML) and provide necessary feedback for the user without expert intervention.
Deepening community engagement: With the upgraded model of web-based application, we aim to track the engagement of users and have deeper analytics of the future development.
There are approximately 285 million persons with vision impairment in the world today, and India has one of the largest populations with visual impairment – 70% of them live in rural India and 23% of them are in the employable age group of 20-39 years.
With the advent of screen reader technology, Digital Literacy has been a game changer and Computers/ Smart Phones have become the ‘Eyes’ for the visually impaired. Our #SeeAMillion campaign aims to transform Persons with Vision Impairment into Active Citizens and Nation Builders through Digital empowerment. In 2019/20 the pilot of #SeeAMillion reached 3800+ people with visually impairments across 15 states, building scalable collaborations with 20+ organizations. At the centre of this Campaign will be the EYE Learn Platform via EYE Tool.
Given this background, our Motivation to apply for Impact Transfer program is to reach the unreached via:
- Developing a Theory of Change to demonstrate an evidence-based impact model with scale and sustainability pathways.
- Replication Support across borders (inter)nationally: Building the strategic routes and adaptive blueprints for wide-scale replication of the EYE Tool.
- Systematic Matchmaking: Building an operational model (which could be a ‘go to’ platform for visually impaired) for mainstreaming the tool across domains.
We have seen the positive impact for our EnAble Vaani Model while working with the Impact Transfer through tailored support and mentorship program. With the knowledge gained, we are in the process of launching Vaani Model in Ethiopia and Mauritius and look forward to our current nomination for EYE Tool to receive similar support in mainstreaming large number of persons with vision impairment.
What is the organisation hoping to learn from taking part in the programme?
We intend to create a model for expansion and scaling of EYE tool by:
- Addressing the key questions to validate our assumptions for EYE Learn Platform as the Future of Digital Literacy for Persons with Vision Impairment, such as:
- What are the core components to transfer? Identify & finalise a clear defined approach & operational model comprising all core components which need implementation?
- Where to transfer? Identify and finalize the potential parameters for selecting geographic focus by knowing where the problem is most pressing, larger demand for the solution and availability of best local implementers.
- Who to transfer? Identify and finalize the criteria’s for selecting the potential partners? Define the key requirements for the type of partnership for e.g.- funders, implementers or networkers? Identify criteria’s and parameters to embed EYE Tool as part of the academic curriculum in the state government’s education programs and policies enabling its applications in schools and colleges for Persons with Vision Impairment.
- How to transfer? Identify and finalize the preferred transfer models and framework for replication across boarders (inter)nationally considering key factors such as funding, resources, skills and capacities etc.
Once we identify and finalize the potential models for transfer we would like to assess the Impact Model from the local Implementer perspective thereby making a difference to the larger ecosystem
- Training and Best Practices: Learn and incorporate best practices from collaborations and multi-disciplinary networks on impact transfer model and contribute effectively as a part of the Collective under the #SeeAMillion Campaign.
- Mentorship: To understand, clarify and strategize our replication model under the mentorship and guidance of experts.
- Networking through Systematic Matchmaking: Connecting to the right kind of partners and potential users, empowering them to become the real Change Makers. This will enable us to amplify interactions at various platforms thereby widening the reach of our stakeholders.
- Visibility and additional opportunities: By pitching our model across geographies for replication and receiving opportunities from local partner organizations.
- Distribute the Ability to Solve: Enabling Partners and other like-minded institutions to share the rights of uploading the content on the Tool and disseminate the training to large number of persons with visual impairments.