Scaling Programs with Research Evidence and Effectiveness (SPREE)

Scaling Programs with Research Evidence and Effectiveness (SPREE)

Published: Oct 01, 2019
Publisher: The Foundation Review, vol. 11, issue 3 (subscription required)
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Associated Project

Scaling Evidence-Based Models

Time frame: 2016 – 2021

Prepared for:

Corporation for National and Community Service

Authors

Nan Maxwell

Key Findings
  • Foundations can serve more people by identifying and supporting effective interventions that are ready to be scaled.
  • While the SPREE process might work best when foundations and the grantees they fund have a culture of measurement, learning and evaluation, the process itself can be used to help them build or strengthen that culture.
  • The SPREE process can also help funders identify and provide the kind of support grantees need in demonstrating that an intervention is effective and in building the conditions needed to scale it successfully.

Foundations can serve more people by identifying and supporting effective interventions that are ready to be scaled. This article describes a process called SPREE — Scaling Programs with Research Evidence and Effectiveness — that can help funders and their grantees scale successfully. Implementing this process can assist foundations in using evaluation research as a tool to determine which interventions are likely to produce desired outcomes, and to identify which organizations are ready to scale them. The SPREE process is grounded in evaluation and implementation science frameworks and has been applied since 2016 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This article explores how the agency's application of the process helps it ensure that the interventions it funds are likely to improve outcomes and extend its reach through successful scaling.

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