RISE Education Systems Diagnostic Framework Pilot Project

RISE is issuing an open call for organisations to apply for a small grant to conduct a pilot project using the RISE Education Systems Diagnostic Framework.

The RISE Education Systems Diagnostic Framework provides the scaffolding for considering the key elements of an education system, the relationships between them, and the ways in which these relationships operate to produce the system’s functions. RISE is looking for organisations to use this framework to diagnose areas of coherence or incoherence in alignment for learning outcomes in their local context. By conducting these pilots, RISE hopes to learn more about how the Framework can be usefully adapted across various contexts, partners, and counterparts to support the greater alignment for learning in education systems. A small grant is available for successful applicants.

For the pilot projects, RISE is looking to collaborate with organisations that can draw on an existing relationship with a counterpart(s) (government, local authority, civil society, etc.) and draw from previous experience of thinking at a systems level in the education sector. Teams will be expected to have senior researchers, qualitative researchers, project managers, and administrative support to work with the core RISE team to deliver this project over the course of six months. The total grant amount will be between £66,000 and £82,000 depending on the number of successful applicants. Note that half of this amount is designated for fees and for expenses.

Information event

Do you have questions about the RISE Education Systems Diagnostic Framework Pilot Project? Are you interested in applying but need additional information? Watch the recording of our virtual information event to learn more about the project and application process.

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How to apply

To apply for the RISE Education Systems Diagnostic Framework Pilot Project, please review the project documentation listed below.


Terms of Reference Cover Page

Terms of Reference

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

Application Questions

Evaluation Criteria

FAQs (in Dropbox)


Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to execute the pilot and to identify the ways in which the results of the pilot will be practically useful, preferably to the grantee’s counterpart(s), but potentially also to the grantee itself. Possible counterparts include government ministries, education authorities, education organisations outside of government, civil society groups, communities of frontline providers, or service recipients.


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Key dates

  • 11 October 2021: Application platform opens
  • 28 October 2021 (14:00 BST): Online event  (project overview and Q&A)
  • 1 November 2021 (10:00 GMT): Online event  (project overview and Q&A)
  • 22 November 2021: Application platform closes
  • 22 November 2021 – 28 Jan 2022: Award and contract negotiations

We anticipate successful applicants will begin their contracts at the beginning of February 2022 to account for reduced capacity over the holiday period. However, this may be brought forward by up to 2 weeks depending on the individual organisation.

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