Scaling Successful Innovations

Learn about best practices for taking innovations from proof of concept to scale

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Scaling Innovations

Scaling innovation is widely recognised as the most challenging stage in the innovation life cycle. Scaling promising innovations in the public sector is even more challenging than in the private sector due to factors such as a risk-averse organisational culture, resource constraints, and potentially heave administrative burdens and bureaucracies.

Despite these challenges, there are many innovative projects and programmes being developed across the UN System that have the potential to make a significant impact. To realise their full potential, it is crucial to identify the most promising innovations and help them progress from a proof of concept to a successful pilot and eventually to a fully-scaled project. 

Scaling the Summit - How the UN can expand promising ideas to change the world

This Group aims to bring together UN colleagues and interested observers to jointly explore the challenges innovators face when scaling their initiatives and discuss emerging good practices for systematically supporting innovations to scale. It aims to

  • Provide opportunities for UN colleagues to share experiences, knowledge and expertise in innovation scaling:
  • Accelerate the adoption of good practices; 
  • Bring new views and applications from outside the UN into the realm of the community;
  • Facilitate an honest exchange of challenges among practitioners by forming a close-knit group of technical experts; and
  • Serve as a moderated forum which encourages member participation, spurs collaboration and nurtures two-way learning.

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Innovation Scaling

November 9, 2023
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Scaling Social Innovation: A Ugandan Case Study

This webinar explores how UNDP Uganda partnered with Jumia, a global e-commerce company, to digitalise informal market vendors.

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October 24, 2023

UN Innovation Update 2023

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September 16, 2023

Breaking the Scale Barrier: From SDG Innovation to SDG Achievement

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September 13, 2023

Scaling with Confidence: Effective M&E in Guiding Decisions for Scaling Innovations

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September 7, 2023

Scaling The Summit: A Primer on how to Scale Innovations for Impact for the UN System

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November 9, 2023
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Scaling Social Innovation: A Ugandan Case Study

This webinar explores how UNDP Uganda partnered with Jumia, a global e-commerce company, to digitalise informal market vendors.

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September 16, 2023
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Breaking the Scale Barrier: From SDG Innovation to SDG Achievement

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September 13, 2023
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Scaling with Confidence: Effective M&E in Guiding Decisions for Scaling Innovations

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July 13, 2023
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From “Pilotitis” to Lasting Impact: Guiding Questions for Innovation Scaling

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April 27, 2023
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Scaling the Summit - How the UN can Expand Promising Ideas to Change the World

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September 7, 2023
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Scaling The Summit: A Primer on how to Scale Innovations for Impact for the UN System

The Primer presents key questions alongside additional resources that can guide the evaluation of whether an innovation has the required support for scale, and can also serve as a framework for checking the readiness or ability of an innovation to be taken to the next level.

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September 7, 2023
September 7, 2023
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Scaling The Summit: A Primer on how to Scale Innovations for Impact for the UN System

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September 7, 2023
August 23, 2023
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Lessons in Scaling: UNDP's Role in Digitalizing Informal Market Vendors in Uganda

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August 23, 2023
April 27, 2023
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Scaling the Summit - How the UN can Expand Promising Ideas to Change the World

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April 27, 2023
August 15, 2022
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Planning for Scale

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August 15, 2022
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