Tag Archive: replication

  1. Enough Innovation Already!

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    “Innovation is just so … sexy.

    To attack an empty whiteboard with a fistful of markers is to experience the dawn of creation, and a wall festooned with Post-Its pretty much guarantees a break-though. Rapid prototyping sounds cool even if you don’t know what it is, and who wouldn’t want to be the subject of a breathless article in Fast Company? Someday, if you play your cards just right, you could even be summoned to the TED stage. Wow!

    Everybody’s doing it: Even the big international NGOs—the BINGOs—are getting in on the action with a wave of innovation labs and rejiggered mission statements. Whee!

    I hate to be the skunk at the party, but look: The most urgent challenge in the social sector is not innovation, but replication. No idea will drive big impact at scale unless organizations—a lot of them—replicate it. And there are plenty of high-impact ideas awaiting high-quality replication. More than a few of them are backed by randomized controlled trial (RCT) results and all that stuff. It turns out that replication matters even more than innovation when it comes to impact at scale…”

    Read the full article here

  2. When replication beats innovation – DEVEX

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    SAN FRANCISCO — While several people had suggested that Dianne Calvi, chief executive officer of Village Enterprise, connect with the International Center for Social Franchising, she found that she could never remember the name.

    “That was really a missed opportunity,” she said, noting how the most successful NGOs all have memorable brands that capture what they do: Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, The Nature Conservancy.

    When Calvi took over Village Enterprise, a nonprofit that supports people living in extreme poverty in rural Africa to start businesses and savings groups, it was known as VEF, the Village Enterprise Fund, so she could relate to the branding challenge, she said at a recent rebranding event.

    Now, ICSF has unveiled a new name, too.

    As of Wednesday, the International Center for Social Franchising will be known as Spring Impact. The organization took Devex behind the scenes of its rebrand. Under the new name, the nonprofit hopes to influence not only individual organizations, but also the social sector as a whole, to consider replication as a pathway to scale.

  3. No “One-size-fits-all” When Scaling

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    We’ve learned over the years that while replication is difficult, it can be made easier, more systematic and less risky. It starts with not thinking that there’s a one-size-fits-all model for scaling social impact, which is why we have rebranded to Spring Impact.

    Our rebrand reflects our open, questioning approach, working in  partnership with organizations to find the right path for them, so that, together, we can scale social impact efficiently and effectively.

  4. How can we best scale impact?

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    Our work means we’re privileged to meet groundbreaking organisations that have effective solutions for the world’s biggest problems. Whether tackling homelessness, education or reproductive health, we guide organisations through the process of scaling their impact.

    There are a number of ways this can be achieved. The simplest (in theory!) is to grow the organisation, by raising more funding and income to increase its reach. In practice, however, resources are limited and this route is very difficult.

  5. Replicable healthcare models with social benefit

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    On behalf of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2013, we produced this report that assesses over 900 healthcare programmes for their suitability for investment to scale up and replicate elsewhere. It identifies significant opportunities for commercial organisations to establish strategic partnerships with a number of promising healthcare delivery models in order to drive scale, profitability and impact.


      *In 2017 The International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF) became Spring Impact. This report was created under our old      branding and name.

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