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Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET


  • Robert McLean, Senior Program Specialist, Policy and Evaluation, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • John Gargani, Founder and President, Gargani + Company, Inc.


  • Johannes F. Linn, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution


  • Vijaya Ramachandran, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Please join us to discuss the new IDRC book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good. Co-authors, Robert McLean and John Gargani, will discuss the new and practical approach to scaling the positive impacts of research and innovation outlined in the book, based on a review of over 200 IDRC studies and 5 in-depth case explorations.

For organizations and individuals working to change the world for the better, scaling impact is a common goal and a well-founded aim. The world is changing rapidly, and seemingly intractable problems like environmental degradation or accelerating inequality press us to do better for each other and our environment as a global community. Challenges like these appear to demand a significant scale of action, and here the authors argue that a more creative and critical approach to scaling is both possible and essential. To encourage uptake and co-development, the authors present actionable principles that can help organizations and innovators design, manage, and evaluate scaling strategies.

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