The Graduation Approach has been shown to effectively enable extremely poor families to begin a pathway out of poverty. But how can we deliver quality, cost-effective Graduation programs at scale, especially when we consider integrating Graduation into government social protection programs? One of the most critical aspects of Graduation is coaching, but it is also one of the most expensive and difficult to scale. To answer these questions, Trickle Up has been experimenting with a flexible, needs-based coaching model supported by performance-based incentives compared to a standard, frequency-based coaching model.
In the new adaptive approach to coaching, coaches visit participants in varied amounts based on individual and household needs. In addition, performance-based incentives are used to encourage a culture of continual learning and the productive use of flexibility required for adaptive coaching. Community-based agents are also used to support the identification of coaching needs and the provision of support.
Results from this trial have informed planning to integrate elements of the Graduation Approach with a social safety net programs in Burkina Faso, (Burkin – Naong Sa Ya) led by the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Family, and the World Bank. We aim to conduct a large scale evaluation of optimal means to deliver coaching cost-effectively, including the engagement of community-based para-social workers.