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:

  1. Identify or Build Evidence of Effectiveness for the Intervention
  2. Ensure the Intervention is Ready to Scale
  3. Ensure the Organization is Ready to Scale the Intervention
  4. Anticipate and Plan for Challenges
  5. Support the Intervention and Organization During Scaling

For more information, download the guide.

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:


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Focus Population(s)/Community(s)
Opportunity Youth
Veterans and Military Families
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Disaster assistance provided
Financial literacy
School readiness
K-12 success
Post-secondary educational support
Energy efficiency
At-risk ecosystems
Awareness of environmental issues
Green jobs
Aging in place
Obesity and food
Access to care
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Nonprofit development
Improving AmeriCorps
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Review or Meta-analysis
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