Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Intermediary for Scale
Supporting transformation by providing guidance and resources for adopting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice at TCUs
Institutional Transformation in TCUs
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports intermediary for Scale (IFS). The IFS strategy is a plan to help institutional transformation at scale to build organization capacity for scale intermediaries. AIHEC will support multiple TCUs to undergo an institutional change. AIHEC is among the 12 selected intermediaries for scale who are spending time building the organizational capacity required to support institutional transformation at scale. To become more student-centered, AIHEC and its partners will provide connections and guidance to TCUs. The intermediaries for scale will support institutional transformations through (1) overseeing strategy and operations for their organization and the network; (2) building awareness and influencing decisions related to institutional transformation; (3) using data to aggregate demand for and high-quality broker supports required to speed transformation; and (4) ensuring the health and connectivity of their networks – all with a cross-cutting emphasis on (5) continuous improvement across the ecosystem and (6) a focus on equity.
Primary outcome(s) or result(s)
The grant will build capacity across four key areas:
- Increasing awareness of successful and promising transformation strategies among campus leaders and communities.
- Informing key campus-level decisions about change options and strategies and supporting decision-makers.
- Supporting transformation by providing guidance and resources for adopting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice.
- Building connections across colleges and universities and other supporting organizations to accelerate and streamline learning and sharing of promising practices.
AIHEC Theory of Change
AIHEC’s theory of change is visualized in a diagram and articulated in our project’s name, Ċangleṡka, the Lakota word for circle. To the Lakota, ċangleṡka represents family, community, nation, and universe; it is connection, unity, coming together and providing protection, strength, and harmony.
The Intermediary Capability Assessment (ICA)
The IFS process requires AIHEC to assess its capacity for this role the Institution Capability Assessment (ICA). The ICA references a set of activities that provides data that assess the status of intermediary capabilities and measure the progress of intermediaries in building their capabilities.
Institutional Transformation Assessment (ITA)
The ITA is based on the rubrics for each topic listed below. With the help of a multidisciplinary team focused on user experience and design, the ITA has been tested in hundreds of two- and four-year institutions. Rounds of testing and feedback informed refinements to the structure and design of the ITA. There are 11 topics, divided into three sections. Each topic consists of an expert-created rubric.
IFS Committees/ Working Groups
The IFS (Intermediaries for Scale) is comprised of several working groups and committees supporting the set of development goals that are outlined in this section. Take a peak at the various efforts provided by the links below.
Building Knowledge Management System and Data Strategy
Building Human Capital
AIHEC is working with Gupta-Kagan, LLC., to continue efforts initiated around building human capital.
AIHEC Partnership with Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University
The Strategic Data Project Fellowship
A two-year program that strengthens the capacity of education organizations to use data for improvement. We find and train data strategists to advance critical analytic initiatives, uncover valuable insights, and build a strong data culture in partner organizations.