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Some of the most significant innovations in education over the past 20 years have come from visionary entrepreneurs. But while the field is dotted with small successes, there are few examples of long-standing, widespread implementation. Too often, innovative products and services never become available at scale.
Scaling For Impact is designed for nonprofit education organizations that are ready to expand and extend their impact. Participants will explore barriers to growth, including increased demands on leadership teams, difficulties in accessing funds, and threats to quality and sustainability. They will look at the pros and cons of different paths to scale, such as brick-and-mortar versus online options, replication versus adaptation, collective impact models, and more. The program provides a rare opportunity for education entrepreneurs to connect with each other as they share successes and challenges and build a network for ongoing support.
This three-day program is designed for education entrepreneurs with a proven program, product, or service. Harvard faculty will introduce different approaches to achieving impact at scale, drawing on case studies and experts from the field to illustrate successful scaling strategies. You’ll explore opportunities for assessing impact, organizing to execute, and sustaining a culture of success.
Teams selected to participate will be expected to identify a problem of practice that they intend to work on during the program. Your team will have dedicated time to work with an experienced facilitator as you define your theory of social impact and develop an action plan that applies what you have learned to the practical challenges facing your organization.
This program is designed for leadership teams from nonprofit education organizations that demonstrate the following:
In her research and teaching, Monica Higgins focuses on leadership development and organizational change, as well as helping entrepreneurial organizations grow.