Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future

Peripheral Vision International

Giving geographically remote audiences access to educational training in their own language

Team Lead

Paul Falzone

4 Comments
Kevin McAndrew

In response to Why our solution is unique:

you reference early results being shared with academics, what do those results show?

Dr Paul Falzone

A Teso language prototype Wanji Game was tested via a quasi-experiment with farmers in Northeastern Uganda. A follow up phone survey after four plays compared impact of control and treatment games. After four game plays, participants in the treatment condition demonstrated:
12% increase in stated intention to store harvest
4% increase in brand recognition (for an imaginary mobile money service) per exposure
16% increase in likelihood to retain novel information per exposure
These results were presented at two scholarly conferences and published in the Ninth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling Proceedings.

Kevin McAndrew

In response to How we will measure our progress:

can you tell me more about the plan to leverage funds for financial sustainability?

Dr Paul Falzone

Certainly!
We have a partnership in place with an organization that is currently operating in 15 nations in Africa and Asia, with intention to scale to 40 countries by the end of 2018. We've signed a global agreement to offer Wanji to all of their NGO clients across their markets. This means that the project will be financially sustainable right from the get go, relying on earned income contracts rather than grant based support to finance project activity.

Current Challenge:
BUT before we can begin scaling, we need to accomplish three things out of our own pocket.
1. Partner with education experts to develop the most impactful, theory driven approach to using this format to teach.

2. Work with data scientists to make sense of the impact data on the back end. Right now, we know every call that comes in and every choice that every player makes. But we have no way to sort this info. Making sense of this data means we will learn what works, what doesn’t, how a user improves over time and other measures. This will make impact measurement: integrated, quantitative and affordable.

3. Recruit a project manager to manage this in-house phase and then manage the client contracts as they come in.

To realistically get those three things accomplished, we need to fill a funding/expertise gap as soon as possible. For a funder this means that a modest investment will allow them to be the first on board a project that is: scalable, measurable, financially self-sustaining and--most importantly—can have an impact on millions of lives of the most marginalized people.

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