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    The coordinates of scaling: Facilitating inclusive innovation

    Sánchez Rodríguez, Ana María and MacLachlan, Malcolm and Brus, Aude (2020) The coordinates of scaling: Facilitating inclusive innovation. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. ISSN 1099-1743

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    The desire to ensure that the benefits of successful small‐scale social innovation are more widely available has led to a plethora of frameworks that seek to scale such innovations. We review 20 extant frameworks for scaling and distinguished four directions: up (producing changes in laws, policies, institutions or norms), down (resource allocation to support implementation), in (ensuring organizations have the capacity to deliver the type and number of good practices required) and out (geographically replicating or broadening the range or scope of good practices). In addition to these directions of scaling a generic pathway, or process, to achieve scaling is also discernible across many of the frameworks reviewed. This involves five phases: identifying, planning, implementing, learning and adapting. We stress the need for a more dynamic and systemic approach to scaling, as well as one which anticipates, addresses and assesses the extent to which scaling is inclusive of marginalized groups.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue. © 2020 The Authors. Systems Research and Behavioral Science published by International Federation for Systems Research and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providedthe original work is properly cited. Cite as: Sánchez Rodríguez, AM, MacLachlan, M, Brus, A. The coordinates of scaling: Facilitating inclusive innovation. Syst Res Behav Sci. 2020; 1– 18. . Funding: The funds for this project were provided by the Irish Research Council and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant Agreement No 71279
    Keywords: inclusion; inclusive innovation; scaling; scaling frameworks; vulnerable populations;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13443
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    Depositing User: Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 15:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Systems Research and Behavioral Science
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council (IRC), European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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