Real-World Application of Scaling
Unsuccessful attempts at scaling seemingly promising programs can lead to a vast waste of resources, a missed opportunity to improve people’s lives, and a diminution in the public’s trust in the role of science in the policymaking process.
For these reasons, everyone stands to benefit from a better understanding of scaling. Researchers who apply the science of scaling when crafting their research designs will produce results that are more useful in the real world and ultimately more impactful. Policymakers who evaluate programs and policies through the lens of the science of scaling will adopt those that are more likely to scale up effectively in their local context, producing better outcomes for their constituents, and, as a result, likely benefitting electorally. Members of the public will, of course, reap benefits in the form of more effective (and cost-effective) public policies.
This is why we are committed to pursuing projects, publishing analyses, and hosting events that help generate greater understanding of scaling in real-world contexts. You can explore these projects below.