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CASE at Duke
Dec 17, 2020 · 3 min read

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.

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Theme Study PDFs

In-depth insights from the field around key operational scaling challenges

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.

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.

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.

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

Recognizing that they could not solve deforestation alone, Imazon scaled its impact through government partnerships and open source data — rather than growing its organization.

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 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.

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

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

Improving the financial lives of millions of people living in poverty

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

Changing the lives of 4 million smallholder farm families by 2030

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.

Scaling Pathways

Hard-won insights on the path to impact at scale

Scaling Pathways

Scaling Pathways is a partnership between the Skoll Foundation, USAID, Mercy Corps Ventures, and CASE at Duke to curate and share scaling insights from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.

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

Scaling Pathways

Scaling Pathways is a partnership between the Skoll Foundation, USAID, Mercy Corps Ventures, and CASE at Duke to curate and share scaling insights from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.

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