Zero Project Update – 200 Innovative Practices and Policies Shortlisted

Zero Project Update – 200 Innovative Practices and Policies Shortlisted

The Zero Project 2016 has finished shortlisting the nominations it has received in the fields of education and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). The Zero Project 2016 shortlist consists of 200 innovative practices and policies.


Vienna/Geneva/Brussels/New York/Tokyo, 14th September 2015: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on inclusive education and ICT. One of its main activities is to research the most innovative practices and policies in existence.

The research process started in June 2015 with the call for nominations, and, as the second step in the selection process, shortlisting was finished last week. 200 out of 337 nominations have been shortlisted and are qualified to enter the next step in the selection process.

For the shortlist, the Zero Project Team and a total of 72 partners and experts based their decisions on:

–          Measurable impact in education or ICT;

–          Strategies that were clearly explained and can be scaled up, copied or replicated elsewhere

–          Innovative approaches in their area of work.

The Zero Project Team and its experts were very impressed by the quality of nominations. This made the shortlisting process not only extremely interesting, but also the team’s decisions very difficult.

Eventually, 200 nominations from 76 different countries made it to the shortlist. Countries with the highest representations are: Austria (20) – home country of the Zero Project – is still in the lead, but Italy (13), USA (13), Canada (9), the UK (9), India (8), Israel (8) and Spain (8) have significant representation. Countries where all nominations made are shortlisted include Turkey (4) and Montenegro (3).

From a regional perspective, 96 nominations originate in Europe (48%), 34 in Asia-Pacific (16.5%), 22 in North America (11%), 19 from Africa (9.5%) and 18 from the Middle East (9%). One is supra-national.

Roughly half of the nominations are implemented in lower income countries, the other half in the most highly developed countries (as defined by the Human Development Index of the UNDP).

27 nominations are policies, i.e. regulations, laws, public policies or high-court decisions. 172 are practices and projects, products and services that have been developed by NGOs, social entrepreneurs, businesses or universities.

A preliminary screening of all nominations attributes them to the following fields of work (double counting can occur, since many nominations work in two or more of these fields):

–          20 (10%) in early childhood intervention;

–          119 (59.5%) in primary and/or secondary education;

–          57 (28.5%) in tertiary education;

–          27 (13.5%) in vocational training and education;

–          32 (16%) in non-formal or adult education.

106 of the selected nominations (53%) use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). In 59 of those shortlisted, ICT is directly related to education, whereas in 47 of those shortlisted, ICT is generally used as a tool to communicate or transfer information.

Starting from next week and into early October, more than 2,000 experts from the Zero Project network of experts will be asked to vote on the shortlisted nominations as the next step in the selection process. This will bring the number of pre-selected nominations down to 100.

The in-depth research of the Zero Project Team on every pre-selected nomination will conclude the selection process, and by early 2016, the “Innovative Practices and Policies 2016 of the Zero Project on Education and ICT” will be announced.

If you are interested in the complete shortlist (available as a pdf soon), or for further information, please contact:

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director

Essl Foundation


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