How can we best scale impact? That’s a question we grapple with everyday at the ICSF.
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.
So, what can you do when you need to scale your impact faster than you can grow your organisation?
Alongside indirect methods, like influencing policy or building a social movement, replication offers a promising route for many. Replication refers broadly to taking your organisation, programme or set of core principles to new locations, without necessarily having to open new branches or hire new staff.
This could mean, for example, working with local partners, who can bring their own resources and use their local knowledge to adapt the solution to a new context. Done correctly, replication can not only solve a problem on a large scale, but also lead to improved financial efficiency, data collection and innovation.
Is replication right for you?
Given the challenges facing many not-for-profits today, scaling innovations that work, rather than re-inventing the wheel, is as important as ever.
If you are considering replication, why not take our readiness test?
Replication may seem daunting but we’re on hand, to help you understand how replication could work for you.
ICSF – International Centre for Social Franchising
Joe Kallarackal, UK Director