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We’ve taken 13 meaty PDF reports and broken them into shorter articles on this site — but you may just want the full PDFs. Look no further.
Theme Study PDFs
In-depth insights from the field around key operational scaling challenges
Financing for Scaled Impact
The world beyond start-up financing is complex, but we break it down with tips and advice to maximize the impact of your external funding (e.g., flexible capital, impact investing, RBF), and to effectively leverage your internal options (e.g., earned revenue, cost reduction, hybrid forms) to fuel your journey.
Leveraging Government Partnerships for Scaled Impact
Effectively leveraging government partnerships requires a marathon mindset: clearly articulating the goals you want to achieve, preparing for the race ahead, and tapping into helpful tactics to make progress as you move toward your goals.
People Matter: Evolving Talent to Drive Impact at Scale
It isn’t “business as usual” with your organization’s human capital as you scale. We share tips for evolving your organizational structure and roles, assembling and maintaining flexibility with your team, leveraging outside capacity, and maintaining a robust organizational culture.
Using Data to Power Scale
One of the significant challenges for scaling social ventures is learning how to create the right data strategy for their organization. We share tactical insights about setting a foundation grounded in equity, the building blocks for a robust system and process, and additional strategies as you grow, partner, look to systems change, or desire to use advanced methods.
Deep-Dive Case Study PDFs
In-depth stories of three social enterprises on the road to scale
Imazon: Using Data & Partnerships to Save the Amazon
Recognizing that they could not solve deforestation alone, Imazon scaled its impact through government partnerships and open source data — rather than growing its organization.
Evidence Action: Dispensers for Safe Water
After a successful RCT and pilot, Evidence Action’s scaling efforts led to decreasing impact. It took a step back to focus on behavior change, right-sizing data collection, and improving infrastructure.
VisionSpring: Business Iteration in Pursuit of Vision for All
VisionSpring launched — and then shuttered — a retail “hub and spoke” model in Latin America. The scaling experiment led to valuable lessons about knowing when to pivot and preparing to fail.
Case Study Capstone: Pivoting to Impact
Pivoting to Impact is the foundational piece for the series, defining key terms, underscoring key takeaways about scaling, and highlighting five common roadblocks.
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 the urban poor
To see the articles broken up into smaller pieces, along with additional content for funders and on scaling through crisis, visit www.scalingpathways.com.