Thinking systematically about scaling up: Developing guidance for scaling up World Bank-supported agriculture and rural development operations
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Although a substantial body of literature, research, and analysis on scaling up is available, it generally lacks specifi c frameworks or practical guidelines that can be used to identify scalable activities or the factors that drive the scaling up process itself. Without such operationally applicable guidelines, there is a serious knowledge gap. The World Bank has therefore undertaken a series of activities designed to examine scaling up at both ends of the state-of-practice spectrum that was articulated by J. Hancock in a working paper published in 2003. The working paper viewed this spectrum as one that extends from innovation, promising practice, lessons learned, good practice, best practice, through to policy principles. The objective of this report is to assess the usefulness of providing guidance for scaling up good practices in core ARD business lines, and to test the prospects for doing so. The output of the document is a guide for a systematic discussion on scaling up of Competitive Grant Schemes (CGSs) for agricultural research and extension at key decision points during the life of an Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) project. This report, which is a companion to the Development Marketplace (DM) report (2011) that focuses on scaling up innovation, addresses the other end of the state-of-practice spectrum—good practices and beyond.
SubjectWorld Bank, agriculture, rural development, scaling up
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