September 9, 2016

Innovate to Drive Down Costs

One of the great barriers to scale is the cost of interventions. Lowering the cost of an intervention improves the return on investment for a given approach, opens the path to rapid scaling, and can attract new resources.

Transformative Scale Means “Crowding In”
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BRAC found a way to train local women in Bangladesh to be effective teachers, eventually reaching 1.1 million students who perform better academically than those from government schools. It accomplished this on a shoestring budget of $36 per year per child.

VisionSpring Aims to Provide Eyeglasses to Millions
Kevin Hassey and Jordan Kassalow, VisionSpring
VisionSpring recognizes that continued innovation is needed to create new business models and drive down costs if the full need for eyeglasses is going to be met.

Lessons from the Transformative Scale Series
Jeff Bradach, The Bridgespan Group
Creating a winning value proposition by driving down cost can create the conditions necessary for scaling.

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