What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The learning portal consists of 5,000 exercises structured in 8 literacy and 4 numeracy levels. Since the program was released in November 2011, over 3,500 users have signed up, 70% of whom never went to school. Currently, we are running a pilot evaluation study of the learning portal’s impact, the results of which will be available in September 2012. In addition to the pilot study, we have done a small evaluation on user performance. This evaluation showed us that if the learners regularly use the portal, 80% of them could progress at least one level higher in the system in an average time of 3 months. At this time, there are no figures available on how many users returned to school because the ‘Preparation for School’ module was only recently integrated into the system.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Through the learning portal, we target to reach 10,000 new users annually. In three years, we expect that our learning portal will have a total of 30,000 users. We assume that 500 users will complete the ‘Preparation for School’ module every year. The finishers of this module will be directed to the 2nd level literacy exam by the online tutors. By the end of the third year, we hope that 1500 adults will return to school through the help of the learning portal.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
We see two possible barriers; increasing awareness of the learning portal and addressing internet access problems. To achieve the targeted number of the users, a communication plan was created to inform all the AECs in the country and provide advertisements through local TVs and radios.
According to the ICT Usage Survey in Households (2011)of TurkStat 42,9% of households have access to the Internet. Also, as ACEV, we carried out a technology usage survey among our participants. According to this, two out of ten participants have internet access at their home. For the ones who have no internet access, we are working on the CDROM-Version of the software of the learning portal. We plan to send the CDROM-Version of the program to the users who do not have internet access.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
We envision that we will have carried out a successful communication strategy and managed to announce the learning portal widely
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
We envision that the learning portal will have 13,500 users and 500 users will have returned to the school.