This report reviews the Small Grants Program (SGP) implemented by FRONTIERS. It assesses the SGP’s areas of achievements and challenges, and explores the feasibility of using this approach to build capacity in operations research. The report provides ideas for implementing a successful SGP that can deliver high-quality, relevant, and timely information for program design. Although capacity building was not an objective in the FRONTIERS SGP, it did produce some increased capacity after two years. As was found with other small grants programs, the FRONTIERS experience suggests that considerable resources are required to produce good quality research and final products. Program planners must have realistic expectations about results that can be achieved in terms of innovative research, perspectives, approaches, quality, and impact.
Banik, Koli. 2007. "Assessment: FRONTIERS small grants program," FRONTIERS report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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