Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Why Pilot?

A pilot phase of a program enables you to micro test it in diverse settings, to identify factors that will either facilitate or impede the process of scaling up. In implementing 'Learn, Out of the Box', we decided to use the first phase as a pilot, launching in a small yet varied subset of schools.

The reasons for including a pilot phase are:

             ∘ To develop transferable strategies that can be used in scaling up.
             ∘ Lessons from a pilot can provide significant insights to the implementation process; enabling us to
                challenge assumptions and contribute to strengthening the program.
             ∘ Piloting enables understanding of unforeseen flaws and challenges, preventing us from embedding
                them into a larger program or policy.
             ∘ Piloting involves a certain amount of experimentation, which encourages innovation and creativity.
             ∘ Participants in a pilot, including Pratham staff, can gain significant understanding and ownership of
                the project.

The goal of our pilot is to understand the process of implementation and the impact in: a variety of regions; a variety of locations; and with different educational institutes. We hope to incorporate our learnings from Phase 1 into the planning, design, and implementation of Phases 2 & 3.