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Rethinking Scale: More than Upping the Numbers SPROCKETS Network Conference March 8, 2013. A Framework for Scale in the Context of Afterschool in St. Paul. Spread : more programs and program slots Depth : going deeper with what is already in place; strengthening and/or scaling best practices

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Rethinking Scale: More than Upping the Numbers

SPROCKETS Network Conference

March 8, 2013

a framework for scale in the context of afterschool in st paul
A Framework for Scale in the Context of Afterschool in St. Paul
  • Spread: more programs and program slots
  • Depth: going deeper with what is already in place; strengthening and/or scaling best practices
  • Sustainability: the notion that what you are doing will have value over time, and that you can pay for it
  • Shift in ownership of reform: shared ownership of system functions, and a shared advocacy agenda for afterschool as a whole; a shift from an individual to a collective mindset
you can approach scale in different ways
You can approach scalein different ways
  • Convert Bricks to Clicks
  • Build Networks
  • Use Intermediaries
  • Develop Talent
  • Blend Service with Advocacy
  • Alter Attitudes and Perceptions
  • Strengthen the Sector as a Whole

How you do it depends on what you want to scale…

key questions to consider when thinking about scale
Key Questions to Consider When thinking about Scale
  • What is core – and what is nice but not necessary?
  • What do the youth and families of St. Paul need?
  • What are the costs of your approach?
  • What additional training would be needed?
  • What are the possible barriers to scale?
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • Do these dimensions of scale resonate with your thinking?
  • What aspect(s) of scale are you working on?
  • What role could Sprockets play in scaling afterschool in St. Paul?
for more information on scale
For more information on Scale

Coburn, C. (2003). Rethinking scale: Moving beyond the numbers to deep and lasting change. Educational Researcher, 32(6), 3–12.

Bradach, J. (2010). Scaling impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 13. available on the web at: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/scaling_impact