Measuring Social Change
Our new report, Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education, shares the first findings from our 10-year study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP).
Teach One, Reach All
Findings from our new report, Social Justice and Sustainable Change, show that investing in higher education for individuals can have significant multiplier effects for communities, organizations, and societies.
The Ford IFP Archive
The tracking study is part of the IFP Knowledge Management Project which includes a Ford IFP Archive housed at Columbia University Libraries.
Photo Caption: Sandra Sebastian
Released April 2016, Social Justice and Sustainable Change: The Impacts of Higher Education shares quantitative findings from our first major data collection effort. The report presents the results of a 2015 survey of 1,861 IFP alumni from all 22 IFP countries, capturing 43% of the program population. The findings reveal that IFP alumni not only experienced personal and professional gains, but they are also driving tangible change in their home communities, countries, and wider global society.
Read the Press Release (April 2016)
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What is the IFP Alumni Tracking Study?
Launched in 2013 with support from the Ford Foundation, the IFP Alumni Tracking Study explores the personal pathways and career trajectories of alumni of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP).
The study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and will provide useful lessons for IIE and the field at large on how to carry out impact studies over an extended period of time, as well as how to design fellowships for maximum impact. By studying the link between higher education and social justice, and the effect that higher education can have on marginalized populations and leadership, we are better able to understand the long-term impact of international higher education scholarship programs that seek to promote social change.
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What is the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program?
Between 2001 and 2013, the International Fellowships Program supported graduate-level education for 4,305 emerging social justice leaders from 22 countries in the developing world. The Ford Foundation provided $420 million in funding resources for IFP, the single largest program commitment in its history.
Geared toward emerging grassroots leaders and social innovators, IFP was based on an inclusive higher education model that prioritized social commitment over traditional selection criteria. Its underlying assumption was that, given the right tools, socially committed individuals from disadvantaged communities could succeed in postgraduate studies and would advance social change upon returning home. IFP alumni represent a wide range of groups traditionally excluded from higher education based on their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic and educational background, or physical disability, among others factors.
Learn more about the program and IFP alumni on the IFP Legacy Website