Concepts and Practices

Scaling Readiness- Concepts, Practices, and Implementation

Scaling Readiness supports organizations, projects, and programs in achieving their ambitions to scale innovations. Scaling Readiness
encourages critical reflection on how ready innovations are for scaling and what appropriate actions could accelerate or enhance
scaling. Scaling Readiness treats innovation as a flexible package of technological, organizational, and institutional components that
may include crop varieties, machines or equipment, crop production practices, legislation, and marketing campaigns.

An innovation may be ready in a technical sense – for example, a new crop variety may thrive in the local environment – but, if farmers lack funds to buy seed or if the policy environment discourages the uptake of new varieties, it may not be adopted at scale. Scaling Readiness assesses the potential of innovations to be used at scale and guides research and development intervention managers in implementing these innovations in practical contexts. Through its standardized data collection and analysis approach, Scaling Readiness can also be used to monitor an intervention portfolio at organizational level, allowing for evidencebased management.