Mission-driven leaders and funders are exploring many approaches to achieving transformative scale. In this resource center we share featured research on this topic as well as three ways to explore innovative approaches with sections devoted to reaching transformative scale via pathway, field, and emerging theme.
New Series on Impact at Scale
From Scaling Impact to Impact at ScaleBy Jeff Bradach and Abe Grindle
Three years ago the authors described a sobering reality: Despite all the progress the social sector had made over the last few decades in figuring out “what works” to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations, many of the best organizations and fields were still addressing only a small fraction of the need. In this online article, which continues the SSIR X Bridgespan blog series on the topic, the authors describe the fundamental shift to "impact at scale" or "systems change" that is now well under way, and introduce us to a number of social sector leaders, including Patrick Guerriero, who will be sharing related ideas and insights over the next few weeks on SSIR.org. Learn more >>
A number of strategies hold real promise for addressing major social problems at a transformative scale. Explore each pathway using the links below.
- Alter attitudes, behaviors, and norms
- Change public systems
- Consider for-profit models
- Distribute through existing platforms
- Influence policy change
- Leverage technology
- Recruit and train other organizations
- Strengthen the field
- Unbundle and scale for impact
Nonprofit leaders and funders from a variety of fields are experimenting with ways to create lasting solutions. Discover specific approaches being applied by field below.
Several themes cut across multiple pathways and are important no matter which strategy one chooses to pursue. Read insights from organizations addressing these considerations.