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Since 2003, MSI has been deeply engaged in efforts to study and advance the successful and sustainable scaling of social, economic and humanitarian outcomes. MSI serves as the secretariat for the Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development Outcomes, and MSI experts have authored many of the pioneering contributions on scaling.

MSI representatives also frequently serve as scaling advisors to a wide range of foundations, official donors and social entrepreneurs. Our scaling efforts span a variety of sectors with application in education, agriculture, health, governance, youth employment and child welfare. 

Scaling Up from Vision to Large-Scale Change: A Management Framework for Practitioners

The Scaling Up Framework presents MSI's three-step, ten-task management framework for scaling economic, social and political outcomes. The framework is intended to aid in designing interventions with scale in mind, assessing the scale potential of prototypes and pilot programs and guiding the process of taking specific interventions to scale. The framework has been applied in 47 countries to more than 500 interventions across a range of disciplines.

Scaling Toolkit for Practitioners: New 2021 Edition Available Now!

The newly revised edition of the popular MSI toolkit is intended as a companion to the MSI Scaling Up Framework. It includes tools for creating an overall scaling strategy, developing scaling plans, securing needed political support and financing, implementing the scaling process, and tracking progress toward sustainability.

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Crosscutting Issues Affecting Scaling: A Review and Appraisal of Scaling in International Development

MSI serves as Secretariat and Co-Chair for the Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development Outcomes, which it co-founded in 2014. Since then, the CoP has grown to more than 800 members drawn from 300 official donor organizations, host country governments, private foundations, think tanks, universities, and implementing organizations. The CoP’s fifth annual workshop was held virtually as a series of 12 sessions in October and November 2020. The ten-crossing cutting issues highlighted during those sessions are summarized in this working paper.

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Education Scalability Checklist

Produced in collaboration with VVOB - education for development, the Brookings Center for Universal Education, Educate!, Pratham and STiR Education, the Education Scalability Checklist (ESC) and associated user's guide adapts MSI's Scalability Checklist to address the specific needs for scaling interventions in the education sector.

The goal of the ESC is to support policymakers, practitioners and funders to detect potential hurdles for scaling up education innovations, and of course, to remedy them. To learn more, see this article on Brookings' Education Plus Development blog.

Toolkit for Scaling Maternal and Child Health Interventions

In support of the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), MSI contributed to the Scale-up and Coordinator’s Guide for Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Systematically Scale-up and Sustain Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Interventions. 

This guide is intended for use by those who support a country’s systematic process of scaling-up high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health interventions in the advanced stages of scale-up.

Sourcebook for Scaling Agriculturation Innovation

The Scale Up Sourcebook was compiled in response to the September 2018 conference Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Up to Reach Millions, organized by Purdue University, in partnership with the African Development Bank.

Co-written by MSI President Emeritus Larry Cooley and Julie Howard, the publication provided guidance and summarizes recent experience scaling pro-poor agricultural interventions.

Managing for Development Results Capacity Self-Assessment Toolkit

MSI developed the Capacity Self-Assessment tool (CAP-Scan) for a consortium of donors headed by the World Bank as a primary tool for helping governments assess and improve management for development results (MfDR) at the national and sectoral levels. CAP-Scan is a self-guided assessment methodology built around a tested maturity model and is intended to guide actional planning and targeted improvement in several areas: leadership, evaluation and monitoring, mutual accountability, planning and budgeting and statistics. CAP-Scan has been applied in 34 countries and adapted for additional use in the agriculture and power sectors. 

Scaling Up in Fragile States

By 2030, an estimated 80% of the world's extreme poor will live in "fragile states". In this blog co-authored by MSI President Emeritus Larry Cooley and World Vision's Executive Advisor on Fragile States Jonathan Papoulidis, the authors assert that the current paradigm of promoting economic growth and poverty reduction won't work in the hardest places. They argue that while not a cure-all solution, scaling up approaches can provide a valuable foundation for strengthening and expanding programming in fragile states.

For a deeper look into the unique features of scaling development and humanitarian outcomes in fragile states and examples of successful efforts to address these challenges, refer to Larry and Jonathan's article in the journal Development.