Background
The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) is committed to finding new and innovative solutions to the problems impacting people with epilepsy and their families world-wide. As part of this commitment, IBE is providing a limited amount of financial support to IBE member organizations on a competitive basis for initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy in developing nations.

Definition of a Promising Strategy
A Promising Strategy is one that has the potential to foster effective and innovative public health practice with regard to epilepsy. Ideally, a Promising Strategy contains many of the following:

  • Is based on measurable, realistic, and time specific objectives
  • Is need-based and data-driven
  • Is innovative and represents the development of new solutions to common problems impacting people with epilepsy and their families
  • Establishes a strategy that makes a difference in improving accessibility to accurate, timely, necessary and culturally appropriate information and/or services
  • Demonstrates a sustainable effect in the community where it is being implemented
  • Has the potential for replication of positive results if the program is implemented in a similar environment with a similar target population as its original pilot demonstration
  • Is a strategy that can be used to generate policies and initiatives to address systems issues and common problems impacting people with epilepsy and their families
  • Is likely to be implemented in collaboration with other strategic partners
  • Has the support of key leaders within the IBE member organization and broad epilepsy community
  • Has a mechanism to evaluate results and get feedback to continue to im