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From The Field

 

On-the-ground reports from social enterprises and other projects around the world

 

Nonprofit Management

Transformative Pathways to Improving Health Care

Rather than simply scaling up, one nonprofit is “letting go” of its model and forming partnerships to change the US health care system.

 

Business

Microinsurance: Scaling Through Peer Learning

Insurers in Peru and South Africa are learning from each other how to reach low-income clients and help break the cycle of poverty.

By Craig Churchill & Alice Merry | May. 8, 2014
 

Education

Starting a New Relationship in Education

Incubators are serving as a transformational vehicle in the education sector.

By Yiming Ma | May. 5, 2014
 

Nonprofit Management

Empowering Movements for Global Education Reform

Our experience challenges notions that quality scaling requires top-down, centralized approaches.

By Wendy Kopp | 5 | May. 1, 2014
 

Technology & Design

The Challenge of Scaling Digitally

The role of emerging technologies in traditionally “high-touch” development organizations—insights from BRAC’s recent Frugal Innovation Forum.

By Maria A. May | Apr. 18, 2014
 

Foundations

Foundation Learning: The Case for Productive Anxiety

A greater sense of urgency can help foundations better use their strategy and evaluation data to learn, unlearn, and improve.

By Diana Scearce | 7 | Apr. 17, 2014
 
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Foundations

Reflection Through Narrative

How international organizations gain insight, innovation, and internal alignment through story.

 

Measuring Social Impact

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

A new, groundbreaking initiative will codify and quantify the factors used in social impact programs that are proven to produce outcomes.

By Jason Saul & Matt Groch | 3 | Apr. 9, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Measuring Impact Isn’t for Everyone

Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not.

By Mary Kay Gugerty & Dean Karlan | 3 | Apr. 2, 2014
 

Social Entrepreneurship

Seven Elements of Social Innovation

A new framework emerges for social innovation education.

By Ilaina Rabbat, with Roshan Paul | 2 | Apr. 1, 2014