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UNIID-SEA IID Fellows Program

Author: UNIID-SEA
Published Date: 22 April 2014

Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Fellows Program: Development of Teaching and Learning Packages on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia is a small grants program initiated by the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA) in cooperation with the ASEAN University Network (AUN).

It aims to champion IID advocates in the region, by incentivizing them to share their existing courses and modules that demonstrate inclusive innovation.

Under this research program, UNIID-SEA will be targeting applicants from the ten ASEAN Member States: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Selected IID Fellows from the participating countries will be awarded small grants ranging from US$1,500 to US$2,500.

Background

“Inclusive innovation” and “inclusive development” are the new buzzwords in the political and development arenas. As the United Nations, key donor agencies and governments promote more inclusive and sustainable development, current discussions and initiatives are looking into new technologies and ways of doing things that take into account not just strategic but also interdisciplinary innovation to address social needs, especially of the poor and the disadvantaged. This movement puts the spotlight on multi-sectoral and multi-level decision-making and action to solve specific social problems.

Learn more about IID here.

Program Description, Objectives and Targets 

UNIID-SEA is launching this small grants program that will facilitate the development of teaching and learning packages on topics that will help one understand and practice innovation for inclusive development. UNIID-SEA, through basic research and a series of consultations with faculty members, researchers, and a range of development actors, has initially attempted to unpack the foundational elements of IID:

  • Social Innovation
  • Inclusive development perspectives
  • Community engagement (‘technologies of participation’, co-creation, and collaboration with target communities)
  • Social change management (facilitating social preparation and transitions from old to new set-ups and arrangements)
  • Institutional/organizational innovation to enable IID


TARGET APPLICANTS: The program would like to attract and identify instructors, experts, and practitioners who already have existing know-how and materials on the abovementioned topics, and who can creatively design easy-to-use teaching and learning packages around these materials. These packages should target the development of both knowledge and skills in a specific target user/ learner.

Successful applicants who will be awarded a grant under this Program will be named a “Fellow” of UNIID-SEA.

TARGET USERS/ LEARNERS: The packages should target those who will benefit from the application of IID in their work areas – innovation and development policymakers and managers, public and private sector (e.g. CSR) administrators, community organizers, development workers, researchers, and/or students.

OPEN-ACCESS SHARING: These packages and supporting materials will be made publicly accessible via the Inclusive Innovation Hub. This is the knowledge and networking hub currently being developed by UNIIDSEA, and will be formally launched by the third quarter of 2014.

IID Teaching and Learning PackagesContent

For this program, proposed modules and courses should have the following:

  1. Module/Course Description and Outline – Contains the following:
    • Module/course description
    • Target learning objectives and outcomes
    • Target users/learners
    • User/learner qualifications (if any)
    • Period of delivery (number of days, weeks)
    • Method/s of delivery
    • Content outline
  2. Session Guides – A detailed description of each session, prescribed delivery method/s (lecture, discussion, workshop, etc.), guide questions, and guide to implementation (e.g. classroom interaction, off-campus fieldwork). This should also include the reference materials* to be used per session (general references such as books, case studies, articles, papers, etc.).
    *NOTE: Although references by Western authors are allowed, we highly encourage the use of materials by local or Southeast Asian authors that describe and analyze social innovation and inclusive development in the context of SEA. This is to increasingly introduce the SEA perspective into the existing body of literature on social innovation and inclusive development that is currently influenced and dominated by Western thinking and approaches.
  3. Evaluation Materials – Prescribed modes of evaluation of a learner’s knowledge and skills such as exams, exercises, reflection questions, projects, etc. This should also include tools for module/course assessment to generate feedback from the users/learners on the relevance, usability, and effectiveness of the module/course).

The content of the modules and courses should be sufficient enough to ensure ease of use, and increase the potential for replication and implementation by interested parties.

PRESCRIBED LANGUAGE

The packages should be written in ENGLISH for the purpose of international dissemination through the Inclusive Innovation Hub. The authors, if possible, can also submit a version translated into a local language.


Learning Levels
A module or course can be developed according to the following learning levels:

  • Undergraduate (tertiary level education)
  • Graduate or Professional
  • Target User/Learner-specific (e.g. for NGOs, Local Government Units, local community groups such as women, youth, elderly, local school teachers, parents, health workers, etc.)

Focus Area (Optional)
As deemed appropriate or necessary, a module or course can also be focused on a specific thematic area where there is a pressing concern or need and innovative solutions to address it. The following can be general themes of interest:

  • Water and Sanitation
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Livelihood
  • Environment and Climate Change Adaptation


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open for applications from any of the following:

  1. Faculty, research or extension staff of a legitimate or accredited higher education institution (HEI) in Southeast Asia (i.e. university, college, training institute).

  2. Professionals and practitioners in government, business and NGO sectors who are currently teaching or have teaching or training experience.

  3. Leaders or members of community-based groups or organizations who are actively engaged in community development and local development work.

All applicants should be a citizen of any of the 10 ASEAN member countries. Non-ASEAN citizens are also welcome to apply provided that they have legal resident status, and have considerable working knowledge of and experience (at least 3 years) in innovation and/or development in the region.


Program Timeline and Guidelines
IIDFP Timeline


Applicants should put IID Fellows Program Application_(Full name of Applicant)_(Country of Origin) as the Subject of the email. Example: IID Fellows Program Application_Mary Grace Santos_Philippines

The Application Kit shall contain the following:

The deadline for the submission of applications is on MAY 31, 2014.

  1. Submission of Application. Applicants are requested to send complete application kits to the UNIID-SEA Project Secretariat through the following email address: iid.fellows@gmail.com (Cc Mr. Aildrene Tan, Research and Grants Coordinator: aildrenetan.uniid@gmail.com).
    • Latest Curriculum Vitae/Resume of applicant
    • Fully accomplished Application Form
  2. Evaluation of Proposals. All proposals will be subjected to an evaluation process involving the UNIID-SEA Project Secretariat, the AUN, and selected members of the UNIID-SEA Project Advisory Committee.
  3. Pre-selection of and Interview with Fellows. Using the evaluation criteria, at least twenty (20) Fellows will be pre-selected and awarded grants for the development of their teaching and learning package.
    To ensure that the proposed materials of the pre-selected fellows are complete and fit for further development and upload, the UNIID-SEA Project Secretariat will conduct validation interviews over Skype with the pre-selected Fellows.
  4. Awarding of Fellows. Pre-qualified applicants who pass the validation interviews will be awarded as IID Fellows. The successful Fellows will be contacted personally, through email, and the final list of Fellows will be posted on official websites of UNIID-SEA and the AUN. Media releases will be made by JUNE 15, 2014.
    US$1,500 will be awarded to each module contributor, and US$2,500 will be awarded to each course contributor. The AUN will award the grants to the chosen Fellows.
  5. Package Reviewers. During the course of package development, reviewers will be assigned to serve as coaches or guides for the Fellows. Online consultations will be facilitated between the reviewers and the Fellows.
  6. Submission of completed packages. Fellows must submit their completed packages, approved by their respective reviewers, no later than AUGUST 31, 2014.
  7. Uploading to the Inclusive Innovation Hub. All teaching and learning packages will be uploaded and will be made publicly available on the Inclusive Innovation Hub by SEPTEMBER 15, 2014. The site is currently being developed and will be formally launched by the third quarter of 2014.



Evaluation Criteria for Proposals All package proposals will be evaluated according to the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Package Design and Usability (30%)
    • The learning objectives and outcomes of the package are clearly defined.
    • The selected teaching method/s, content, and evaluation tools are appropriate and can facilitate the achievement of the identified learning objectives and outcomes
    • The elements and inputs to the package are on hand and are sufficient to complete the package.
  2. Package Content (30%)
    • Chosen topic contributes to the understanding of IID and its foundational elements.
    • Content has internal logic and clearly demonstrates strategic progression to achieve the specified learning objectives and outcomes.
    • Provides relevant case examples and references, especially those focusing on local experience and contexts.
    • Provides sufficient guidelines that facilitate ease of use of the package and its accompanying references and tools.
    • Content is interesting, engaging, and current.
  3. Responsiveness to Target Users/Learners (30%)
    • Clearly identifies the target users/learners and the specific needs to be addressed.
    • Content of the package appropriate to the learning level of the targeted users/learners.
    • Package includes methods and tools that proactively seek user/learner inputs and facilitate user/learner engagement during the learning process, and in assessing the usefulness and effectiveness of the module/course.
  4. Flexibility and Replicability (10%)
    • Module/course can be adapted for use by other users/learners.
    • Module/course can be used even with the most basic resources on hand (not funding- or technology-dependent).
    • Module/course can be used by users/learners in other countries, particularly SEA countries.


Program Inquiries

All program inquiries should be addressed to the UNIID-SEA Project Secretariat. Please send an email to iid.fellows@gmail.com or call our project personnel at the Ateneo School of Government via telephone numbers +63 2 426 6001 local 4639 (trunkline) or +63 2 929 7035 (telefax).

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