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Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD)

Aspen Institute

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $500,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2003–April 30, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

During the past five years, the Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD) has contributed in building the U.S. micro-enterprise field by funding innovations, documenting and disseminating lessons learned, informing federal policy, and helping top-performing programs access additional funding.Funding will enable the Aspen Institute to develop a theory about the evolution and future direction of micro-enterprise by synthesizing the quantitative and qualitative data from all the research it has compiled. The results will be nationally disseminated. Activities will include distributing promising practices in training and technical assistance; producing research on the role of micro-enterprise in the underground economy; and exploring business financing opportunities for low-income individuals.This includes a grant increase to produce and disseminate a report on the underground economy based on ethnographic research conducted in Baltimore and Chicago.Accomplishments to date include providing $3 million for 33 projects to test innovations and to support research in five key areas for the industry; documenting lessons learned and disseminating them through print, Web, audio and training formats; and helping leverage new financial support for micro-enterprise practitioners.