Getting Scale Ready is an online practical training programme designed to help you overcome the most common barriers to scale and kick-start your organisation’s journey to achieving greater impact.

As part of our Scale Accelerator: Preventing Childhood Sexual Violence programme, all eligible NGOs will be required to complete Getting Scale Ready.

You will be granted a free place on this course, designed to help you a develop a foundational strategy for scale, and determine whether  the Scale Accelerator: Preventing Childhood Sexual Violence programme is the right fit for you.

Over the course of 5 weeks, you’ll join a cohort of ambitious social leaders, and learn:

  • What makes organisations and solutions ready for scale
    What an effective scale strategy requires and why it is important
    Which scaling pathway would work best for your organisation
  • What you need to test and assess your scaling potential in the real world

At the end of the 5-week course, you will be supported to develop a strong application for Scale Accelerator, so you can maximise your chances of being selected for more intensive support.

Please note: to apply for Scale Accelerator, it will be essential that you complete the Getting Scale Ready course

Click here to get a sense of what you’ll learn week-by-week.

Course details


The course takes place over 5 weeks.


Participants will need to be able to dedicate the capacity to engage with the programme, approx. 4-5 hours each week over 5 weeks.


The course is free for all organisations eligible for the fully-funded Scale Accelerator: Preventing Childhood Sexual Violence programme.


The course will take place online, including 3 live sessions via Zoom.

What you'll leave with

  • The knowledge and understanding of what you need to have in place to scale
  • The tools needed to test and validate your scalability in the real world
  • A hypothesis for the pathway that will lead your organisation to sustaining impact at scale
  • A strong application for the ‘Scale Accelerator: Preventing Childhood Sexual Violence” programme

Who it's for

This edition of the Getting Scale Ready course is only open for organisations who are eligible for Scale Accelerator: Preventing Childhood Sexual Violence – a fully-funded consultancy programme aimed at EU and/or UK NGOs who are working to ensure children lead safe and happy childhoods protected from harm. To find out more if this programme is the right fit for you, visit this page.

We are also recruiting for Getting Scale Ready cohorts outside of this programme. To find out more about the ‘open’ courses, go here.

An excellent guide to assessing if your organisation is ready to scale, with strong facilitators and a very valuable toolkit to guide an organisational strategy process.

Susan Bornstein, Global Director World Bicycle Relief

Course Syllabus

Your learning journey on the Getting Scale Ready course will be accompanied by the chance to join 3 live online sessions. Each session will be offered at two different times to accommodate our international learning community.

Week 1 – Assess Scale Readiness
  • Introduction to Week 1 – Assess your starting point.
  • The difference between growth and scale – Reaching further with your resources.
  • Tackling societal problems at scale – Implications for what sustainable impact looks like for you.
  • Finding the sweet spot for scale – Ensuring solutions are both impactful, valuable and sustainable.
  • Scale Readiness Diagnostic.

Week 2 – Develop Scale Strategy
  • Introduction to Week 2 – The scale strategy that will guide your journey.
  • Live Session 1: Introduction and Scale Readiness
  • Components of a scale strategy – Key questions to answer when building your strategy.
  • Importance of a Scale Strategy- A noble mission is not enough to have an impact at scale.
  • Problem Definition – Define the societal problem you want to address at scale.
  • Intended Impact – Clarify the change you want to achieve.
  • Doer and Payer at Scale – Establish who will deliver and pay your solution at scale.
  • Create strategy Formula.

Week 3 – Explore Pathways to Scale
  • Introduction to Week 3: Explore Pathways to Scale.
  • Scale Pathways- Key considerations and trade-offs for choosing your pathway to scale.
  • Choosing a Scale Pathway.
  • Design Your Core.
  • Complete Strategy Formula.

Week 4 – Test to Validate
  • Introduction to Week 4 – Redefining risk.
  • Live Session 2: Strategy for Scale
  • Components of a Good Test – Key considerations to build effective tests and feedback loops.
  • Identify Risky Assumptions.
  • Test risky assumptions.

Week 5 – Prepare your application
  • Introduction to Week 5 – Prepare your application for Getting Scale Ready
  • Understand what you need to apply for the more intensive support offered as part of Scale Accelerator

Week 5 – Prepare your application (contd.)
  • Introduction to Week 6 – Continue building your application for Scale Accelerator
  • Live Session 3

How you'll learn

Learning Kit

You’ll access a Learning Kit including videos, case studies, frameworks and other resources to maximise your knowledge.

Learn by Doing

Each week you’ll be given a task to help you immediately apply your learnings into practice.

Peer Support

During 3x Zoom live sessions, you will discuss, challenge and deepen your understanding alongside your peers.

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