Who determines what data gets measured, how it gets measured, and who has the opportunity to interpret data? Expanding upon the article outlining these steps and lessons from several enterprises, several experts joined us for a thoughtful and engaging session on the topic at SOCAP2020.

As organizations drive to impact at scale, the need for data grows and the potential for data to exacerbate inequity at scale rises with it.

Do you prefer to read through the social enterprise scale stories in report format? Scroll below! If you prefer to read them broken out in smaller pieces, see our Scale Stories page.

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Scaling Snapshot PDFs

Mini case studies of ventures’ scaling journeys, including pathways followed and lessons learned

The Health Care Without Harm Story

Achieving sustainable, equitable, and healthy communities through health sector alignment

The Fundación Capital Story

Improving the financial lives of millions of people living in poverty

The Living Goods Story

Scaling to improve the health and wealth of 50 million people by 2025

The One Acre Fund Story

Changing the lives of 4 million smallholder farm families by 2030

The WSUP Story

Scaling to ensure universal water, sanitation, and hygiene coverage for…

Panel session video and highlights for social enterprises and funders

“People are at the heart of everything we do. Hiring, retaining, and developing staff is our most important calling as an organization, because having adequate people resources is a crucial factor for growth and impact. We do not think it is a stretch to say that people make or break our business.” — One Acre Fund

Skoll World Forum 2019: Panel on Human Capital for Scaled Impact

Talent has been named one of the single biggest problems in business today. While vital, it is often misunderstood, overlooked, and under-resourced. Yet…

Skip the dead-ends and avoid common mistakes in capital-raising.

What is CASE Smart Impact Capital?

Built from the expertise of hundreds of investors and entrepreneurs who have invested and raised millions of dollars, CASE Smart Impact Capital is designed for all impact ventures — any stage, any sector, any geography. Whether you are a nonprofit or for-profit, our toolkit contains practical steps to help you strategize, target and close the best deal for you. Use your capital-raising time wisely and get back to running your social venture.

What’s inside?

Learn key concepts through short videos. Analyze options with our decision tools. Use our step-by-step guides to find investors…

Neglect these at your own risk!

What is it?

At CASE at Duke, we’ve created a free tool to help you identify areas of weakness and clearly articulate areas of strength along seven key — but oft-neglected — foundations for impact at scale.

What do you get?

In minutes, you’ll answer questions and receive a custom report with areas for growth, what that growth should look like, and suggested resources to help get you there.

How do I start?

Assess your organization on all seven key elements together (38 questions), or explore them one-by-one:

  1. IMPACT: Why does your organization exist? (4 questions)
  2. DEMAND: How well do you know your clients?

Originally published on The Skoll Foundation Blog by Elyssa Lewis

How do social enterprises and the funders that support them achieve impact at scale even in times of acute crisis?

This is the question that prompted the Scaling Pathways partners — Skoll Foundation, Mercy Corps Ventures, and CASE at Duke — to launch this latest video series, Scaling Through Mass Disruption.

A global pandemic was not what most of us envisioned when we thought about our plans for this first year of the new decade. …

30 minute interview with Leigh Morgan, Chief Operations & Strategy Officer, Nia Tero; recorded 17 April 2020

“I encourage you to constantly be testing and practicing and piloting your adaptations. That should be an ethos and a part of your culture all the time but is especially important right now [during the Covid-19 crisis]. In this context, you’re just going to try things that you otherwise would not be so willing to innovate and adapt — be flexible.” — Leigh Morgan, Chief Operations & Strategy Officer, Nia Tero

CASE Executive Director Erin Worsham interviews Leigh Morgan, current Chief Strategy and…

30 minute interview with Kevin Trapani, co-Founder and CEO of The Redwoods Group; recorded 15 April 2020

“There is no Easter without Good Friday; there’s no hope without sacrifice. We are experiencing great difficulty at the moment, but in order for us to create what’s next in community and society, we have to recognize that what was before wasn’t all that great. Too many people are hungry, too many people are homeless. What gives me hope is that as much as we have been stripped of all that is familiar to us–going to the grocery store, commuting to work–I’m now…

30 minute interview with Noushin Ketabi, co-founder of Vega Coffee; recorded 15 April 2020

“My one piece of advice would be to really clearly and openly communicate with your team. You need to tell them what the crisis is that you’re dealing with, and what, as a leadership team, you’re doing to plan for it. Communication should also be a two-way street — the team should be able to provide input on your plans and you should ensure there is a ‘seat at the table’ for every stakeholder in your business. We also prioritize communicating openly, consistently, and in a…

30 minute interview with Last Mile Health’s Mallika Raghavan and James Nardella; recorded 29 April 2020

“It’s simple: just fight through focusing. We’re sticking to our mission. We’re sticking to our core competency.” — James Nardella, Chief Program Officer of Last Mile Health

Last Mile Health’s James Nardella and Mallika Raghavan discuss how Last Mile Health leverages learning and strength from past crises, and ensuring that they are staying focused on providing resources at the intersection of where they have competency and where there is need.

Photo courtesy of Last Mile Health

To see more interviews and articles providing insights and tips on social enterprises navigating crisis, visit our feature page here.

CASE at Duke

The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University leads the authorship for the Scaling Pathways series.

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