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Announcing the 2013 GivImpact Essay Contest

[b]Announcing the 2013 “GivImpact” Essay Competition[/b]

At Givology, we believe in the power of education to transform communities. We give to education programs in developing countries because it enriches peoples’ lives, and because we want to make the world better. Givology partners are chosen because we believe they are great organizations that create change. [i][b]But, how do we measure social impact? [/b][/i]
To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we’re launching our annual 2013 GivImpact essay contest. To enter, answer the following question in no more than 1,000 words, excluding references:
[b][u]What are the most relevant metrics to evaluate the impact of educational programs in the developing world?[/u][/b]
The Millennium Development goals have targeted universal education by 2015, and enrollment in primary education in the developing world has reached 90%. More kids are in school today than ever before. But are enrollment statistics alone sufficient? If not, what ought to be incorporated into the assessment of the quality of education programs globally?
[b]All entries should be emailed to info@givology.org no later than 15th November 2013[/b]

[u]Prizes[/u]
The winner of the “2013 GivImpact essay competition will receive the following:
[ul][li][b]$300 Givology wallet cash credit[/b][/li][li]Option of a Givology internship[/li][li]Givology merchandise [/li][li]Title of Givology’s “GivImpact Student of the Year”[/li][li]Feature article in the Givology blog & newsletter, to be advertised among our social media, university, and partnerships network[/li][/ul]The second place recipient will receive:
[ul][li][b]$150 Givology wallet cash credit[/b][/li][li]Givology merchandise[/li][li]Option of a Givology internship[/li][li]Feature article in the Givology blog & newsletter, to be advertised among our social media, university, and partnerships network[/li][/ul]The third place recipient will receive:
[ul][li][b]$75 Givology wallet cash credit [/b][/li][li]Givology merchandise[/li][li]Option of a Givology internship[/li][li]Feature article in the Givology blog & newsletter, to be advertised among our social media, university, and partnerships network[/li][/ul]Most importantly, all participants will have the benefit of knowing their ideas and analyses will help Givology become more effective in evaluating the impact of our grassroots initiatives globally. All participants will receive an official certificate of achievement.

[u]Criteria for judging[/u]
[ul][li]How [b]feasible [/b]are the metrics for implementation? [/li][li]Do the proposed metrics accurately [b]measure [/b]social impact?[/li][li]Is the argument [b]well supported [/b]by case studies, theory, etc?[/li][li]Are the [b]limitations[/b] clearly articulated?[/li][/ul]We encourage contributions that suggest both qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation systems.

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