Distribute Through Existing Platforms

Summary

To move from small-scale demonstrations and pilots to reaching a large number of people, some organizations are using existing networks to distribute solutions. By partnering with an existing for-profit or nonprofit network or system, programs can be replicated in hundreds, if not thousands, of locations.

Achieving Growth Through Partnerships
Tiffany Cooper Gueye, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
BELL is partnering with the YMCA to use their existing infrastructure to quickly grow the Power Scholars Academy and reach 400,000 at-risk students over several years.

Using National Networks to Tackle Chronic Disease
Taz Hussein and Michaela Kerrissey, The Bridgespan Group
In pursuit of impact at a transformative scale, the YMCA and other national nonprofit networks are using their reach into local communities to deliver public health programs that help people live healthier lives and reduce their chances of developing chronic diseases.

Partnering with Corporations for Greater Scale
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnered with existing for-profit and nonprofit platforms to help advance its work in creating a culture of health in the United States.

Transformative Scale: The Future of Scaling What Works
Jeff Bradach and Abe Grindle, The Bridgespan Group
The National Institutes of Health partnered with the YMCA to use its extensive national network of sites to widely disseminate its evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program.

Transforming Society’s View of Retirement
Marc Freedman, Encore.org
By teaming up with AARP and tapping into its existing network, the Experience Corps program is now positioned for a tenfold increase in older adult tutors and will be able to serve 300,000 students a year.

VisionSpring Aims to Provide Eyeglasses to Millions
Kevin Hassey and Jordan Kassalow, VisionSpring
VisionSpring is partnering with BRAC to use its existing network of local community health workers in Bangladesh to sell eyeglasses that will improve the eyesight of 1.7 million bottom-of-the-pyramid customers.

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