Apolitical puts the spotlight on scaling social impact
We have been working with Apolitical, a platform for public servants, on a series of articles about scaling social impact (scaling up programmes for young children and families). You can read three articles per month on Apolotical for free, or if you’re a public servant you can sign up to read the rest of them.
- The replication puzzle: why do policies work there but not here? A four-step framework to avoid making the most common mistakes.
- “The world is scattered with pilot projects trying to work holistically”. Q&A with Karen Levy of Evidence Action, the NGO that delivers solutions to hundreds of millions of people.
- The only scheme proven to end poverty – but too bespoke to scale? Pilots have worked in 99 countries, but that doesn’t mean it can reach billions.
- Data, nudges and design are changing the way we reach scale. Many governments and NGOs lack the ability to capitalise on big data.
- Scaling social impact – a checklist, and a warning. Scaling a program against the grain of the system is like rowing against the current.
- Britain’s Studio Schools: when best practice met political reality. Specifically designed to scale up, the experimental schools soon ran into trouble.
- How to design for scale: lessons for ambitious new interventions. Many programs are developed with features that make them inherently difficult to scale up.
- Reach Up: how a Jamaican early childhood intervention swept the world. A 50-year-old program from Kingston has been trialled in 10 countries.
- How to scale up social impact — the challenge of the 21st century. An introduction to the critical policy questions, controversies and new ideas around scaling.
- “You can’t worry about scaling second — you have to worry right at the start”. Q&A with Larry Cooley: ministerial advisor, public sector reformer and global scaling expert.