Ashoka is a reputed global network of social entrepreneurs, youth entrepreneurs and change leaders across sectors. Their goal is to build and cultivate a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. They do this through multiple programs such as the Ashoka Venture & Fellowship, Ashoka Support Network (ASN), Executive In Residence (EIR), Ashoka Youth Venture, and Ashoka Changemakers.
A2Q collaborated with Ashoka as a program partner for a capacity-building initiative by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), New Delhi. The program was targeted at ‘mentor teachers’ who supervise and provide instructional guidance to teachers working in Delhi’s government schools, and entailed sending them on Exposure Visits to model schools and educational institutions around the country to observe how they build competencies like empathy, leadership, teamwork, and changemaking in students. A2Q supported Ashoka with the design and evaluation of this entire initiative, including co-authoring a report with all our findings and recommendations.
A report was prepared and presented to the SCERT with an elaborate description of the project and its rationale, a summary of the primary research findings accumulated from the visits, and recommendations to optimize the learning outcomes of such exposure visits in future.
Sanyukta Bafna from A2Q traveled along with the mentor teachers to various sites around India, in order to document their experiences and collect data from them on an ongoing basis about their learning from the visits.
Created a Logic Model for the exposure visits describing the initiative’s long-term and intermediate goals for various stakeholders, programs and lines of action, and key resources. This logic model has since become our lens while monitoring and evaluating the initiative’s effectiveness, and allowed us to design a detailed research plan and tools for capturing the experiences of the mentor teachers.