ASER has been selected as one of ten finalists for the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Prize for 2014.
The objective of the DAC Prize for Taking Innovation to Scale is to support ideas that have been scaled up and that work in the real world. The DAC prize "recognizes people who have taken an innovative approach, instrument or mechanism beyond the pilot phase to wider application".
Comments from jury member Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution:
"ASER tackles the challenge of measuring learning outcomes and using this information to drive improvements in schools. The issue is critical and the ASER model, now 10 years old, is best-in-class. It has scaled successfully in India and provides important information at the district, state and national levels. However, it depends on citizen volunteers and philanthropists to achieve scale, something that may not be easily replicable in many other countries."
OECD DAC Prize jury comments on ASER
'In celebration of scale', a blog post by Dana Schmidt, Hewlett Foundation