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The Innovation Process
Stage 6

Scale

Increase impact to better match the size of the problem


This section is under development and will be published during 2018/2019.


Although scale should be considered from the early stages of an innovation process, it is only if the Pilot stage is deemed a success that a decision will be taken on whether to scale it. Not all innovations can, or should, be scaled: they may be context and time specific. However, if there is potential that the innovation could improve the lives of crisis-affected communities in other places, then attempting to scale the innovation is worthwhile. Scaling in the humanitarian sector is generally understood to be about increasing the number of people reached and the level of impact an innovation has across multiple contexts.

There are two main phases to most scaling journeys. First, you need to build in all the complexity required for a fully sustainable innovation. This usually happens within a larger area of the context than the pilot, or across different contexts, but in the same organisation. Second, you need to distil the complexity of this solution in a way that makes it replicable. The end aim of this stage is for the innovation to be scaled across multiple contexts and multiple organisations.