The Zero Project 2016 has finished shortlisting the nominations it has received in the fields of education and ICT. The Zero Project 2016 shortlist consists of 200 innovative practices and policies.

Our research process started in June 2015 with the call for nominations, and, as the second step in the selection process, shortlisting was finished last week. Two hundred (200) out of 337 nominations have been shortlisted and are qualified to enter the next step in the selection process.

For the shortlist, the Zero Project Team and a total of 72 partners and experts based their decisions on:

  • Measurable impact in education or ICT;
  • Strategies that were clearly explained and can be scaled up, copied or replicated elsewhere; and
  • Innovative approaches in their area of work;

The Zero Project Team and its experts were very impressed by the quality of nominations. This made the shortlisting process not only extremely interesting, but also the team’s decisions very difficult.

Eventually, 200 nominations from 76 different countries made it to the shortlist. From a regional perspective, 96 nominations originate in Europe (48%), 34 in Asia-Pacific (16.5%), 22 in North America (11%), 19 from Africa (9.5%) and 18 from the Middle East (9%). One is supra-national.

Roughly half of the nominations are implemented in lower income countries, the other half in the most highly developed countries (as defined by the Human Development Index of the UNDP).

Twenty seven (27) nominations are policies, i.e. regulations, laws, public policies or high-court decisions. 172 are practices and projects, products and services that have been developed by NGOs, social entrepreneurs, businesses or universities.

A preliminary screening of all nominations attributes them to the following fields of work (double counting can occur, since many nominations work in two or more of these fields):

  • 20 (10%) in early childhood intervention;
  • 119 (59.5%) in primary and/or secondary education;
  • 57 (28.5%) in tertiary education;
  • 27 (13.5%) in vocational training and education; and
  • 32 (16%) in non-formal or adult education.

One hundred and six (106) of the selected nominations (53%) use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). In 59 of those shortlisted, ICT is directly related to education, whereas in 47 of those shortlisted, ICT is generally used as a tool to communicate or transfer information.

Starting from next week and into early October, more than 2,000 experts from the Zero Project network of experts will be asked to vote on the shortlisted nominations as the next step in the selection process. This will bring the number of pre-selected nominations down to 100.

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