Scaling Up Social Innovations in Developing Countries: Challenges, Lessons and Strategies
Presented by Center on the Developing Child at Thompson Room, Barker Center
March 15, 2012
ABSTRACT Over the past 50 years of work in global development the dominant paradigm for change has been to focus on designing effective interventions and field testing them in small-scale pilot projects. The implicit assumption has been that with a little dissemination, promising or proven interventions would catalyze adoption and successful implementation at scale. Unfortunately, experience has shown that too often interventions alone are not enough and that for broader impact they must be accompanied by a systematic approach that addresses the challenges of scaling up. Drawing on examples from his work in public health, early childhood development, and rural anti-poverty programs in India, Nigeria, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Dr. Richard Kohl will present an intellectual framework, tasks, tools, and practical guidelines on how to think about scaling up in international development. This event is free and open to the public. Richard Kohl, Ph.D. is an international thought leader and practitioner in the field of scaling up. Dr. Kohl is currently founder and principal at Learning and Leading for Large Scale Change LLC, a consulting firm which supports researchers, implementing agencies and funders in designing and implementing strategies for scaling up, sustainability and high-impact. Dr. Kohl’s principal work has been in global public health, especially reproductive and sexual health and maternal and child health, early child development, education, and rural anti-poverty programs, and he has worked in over thirty countries. Prior to his work in scaling up and governance, Dr. Kohl was a senior economist at the OECD Development Center and the OECD Economics Department, a visiting scholar at the US State Dept., and an economics professor. Dr. Kohl holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. In addition, he is certified leadership trainer and coach for the Newfield Network of Boulder, CO and the Strozzi Institute of Petaluma, CA.