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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) cited our most recent issue of The Evaluation Exchange in What Do We Mean by Scale?, the inaugural brief in their Scaling What Works initiative. Page 3 of the brief features the “Four Approaches to Scale” table, authored by Julia Coffman for the Spring 2010 issue of The Evaluation Exchange on Scaling Impact.

Scaling What Works is a multi-year project designed to demonstrate and share effective practices that grow social impact. As part of the initiative, GEO has launched Reframing the Conversation: A GEO Briefing Paper Series on Growing Social Impact, which will cover topics such as evaluation methods that support scaling, structuring and financing scale, and building partnerships to grow impact.

GEO’s first brief, What do We Mean by Scale? highlights how grantmakers are “shifting the way they think about scale, emphasizing not size or reach but impact.” Coffman’s table further defines what can be scaled, including programs, ideas or innovations, technologies or skills, and policies.

Download What Do We Mean by Scale? (PDF) from GEO’s website.

Learn more about the Scaling What Works initiative.

Read the online version of The Evaluation Exchange on Scaling Impact.

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