AmeriCorps developed this guide to disseminate the knowledge gained from the Scaling Evidence-Based Models (SEBM) project. The guide provides practical recommendations for how funders, including governmental agencies and philanthropic organizations, should think about and plan for scaling. This guide also highlights:
- How funders might better understand evidence of intervention effectiveness and readiness for organization and intervention scaling by undertaking a systematic process to assess scaling readiness of the interventions they fund.
- Resources that funders and their grantee organizations can use to help prepare for scaling.
This guide draws on the knowledge generated from applying the Scaling Programs with Research Evidence and Effectiveness (SPREE process) used to assess AmeriCorps’ funded organizations and interventions during the SEBM project. In doing so, this guide provides five key recommendations that will help funders identify which of their funded interventions are effective, enhance their knowledge base on scaling them, and pursue scaling.
The five key recommendations this guide offers:
- Identify or Build Evidence of Effectiveness for the Intervention
- Ensure the Intervention is Ready to Scale
- Ensure the Organization is Ready to Scale the Intervention
- Anticipate and Plan for Challenges
- Support the Intervention and Organization During Scaling
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Scaling Evidence-Based Models (SEBM) Project
The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) initiated the Scaling Evidence-Based Models project to support the scaling of effective interventions. This guide is part of ORE’s Scaling Evidence-Based Models project, which includes additional resources that contribute to the study and application of scaling effective interventions. Below are additional scaling resources:
Baseline Equivalence: What it is and Why it is Needed: This guide is designed to help practitioners and researchers work together to design an impact study with baseline equivalence and in turn learning how to determine if an impact study is likely to produce meaningful results.
What Makes for a Well-Designed, Well-Implemented Impact Study: This guide is intended to help practitioners ensure that their evaluators produce high-quality impact studies.
How to Fully Describe an Intervention: This guide is intended to help practitioners to thoroughly describe their intervention and communicate the following to potential funders or stakeholders.
Making the Most of Data: This guide will help practitioners maximize the use of their intervention data to help their organizations improve program implementation and provide evidence to funders about effectiveness.
How to Structure Implementation Supports: This guide will help practitioners develop formal strategies (also known as implementation supports) to help consistently deliver an intervention as it was designed, which is especially helpful for organizations scaling an intervention and assessing implementation fidelity.
Build Organizational Capacity to Implement an Intervention: This guide will help practitioners prepare to implement their desired intervention through building organizational capacity, which involves establishing the organizational structure, workforce, resources, processes, and culture to enable success.
Scaling the Birth and Beyond (B&B) Intervention: Insights from the Experiences of the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC): This case study describes the scaling of Birth and Beyond (B&B), a parenting education and support intervention designed to reduce child maltreatment, by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento (CAPC) and its partners.
Scaling the Reading Corps Intervention: Insights from the Experiences of the United Way of Iowa: This case study describes the scaling of Reading Corps, a literacy intervention designed to improve reading proficiency by United Ways of Iowa (UWI) and its partners.
Scaling the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Intervention: Insights from the Experiences of Parent Possible: This case study describes the scaling of Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), a home-visiting intervention that seeks to help parents improve their young children’s development, by Parent Possible and its partners.
Scaling Evidence-Based Interventions: Insights from the Experiences of Three Grantees: This report presents insights from a cross-site analysis of process case studies conducted with three AmeriCorps grantees engaged in scaling.
Planned Scaling Activities of AmeriCorps-Funded Organizations: This report is designed to generate both practical knowledge about how AmeriCorps and other funders can successfully scale effective interventions.
Evidence of Effectiveness in AmeriCorps-Funded Organizations: This report is designed to help inform the agency’s interest in identifying the intervention components that are critical for an intervention’s effectiveness.
Scaling Checklists: Assessing Your Level of Evidence and Readiness (SCALER): This guide describes a framework that identifies how organizations can improve both their readiness to scale an intervention and the intervention’s readiness to be scaled, so that intervention services are best positioned to improve outcomes for a larger number of participants. Each checklist in the SCALER provides summary scores to reflect how ready an intervention and organization might be for scaling.