Scaling Effective Innovations

Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K. A., & Fixsen, A. A. M.

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Excerpt: "In this policy essay, we explore scaling more broadly with emphases on factors that should be considered, not just those that are available. Scaling is defined as the extent to which an innovation is used with good effect in the entire population of interest. It is argued that delivering the innovation as intended (with fidelity) and sustaining innovations in practice are essential to achieving social impact. Innovations refer to something new and previously unused by potential users or recipients (Rogers, 1995). Human services include all forms of organized prevention and intervention efforts in corrections, health, education, and social services (Herzberg, 2015). Implementation is defined as the supports required to purposefully and reliably produce full and effective uses of innovations in practice (Fixsen, Blase, Metz, and Van Dyke, 2015). Implementation capacity refers to the availability of implementation teams with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to develop competencies and affect change with practitioners, organizations, and systems. Social impact is defined as the product of effective innovations used with fidelity (the numerator) at a sufficient scale to produce noticeable benefits for the entire population of interest (the denominator) (Perl, 2011)..." read more

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Citation: Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K. A., & Fixsen, A. A. M. (2017). Scaling effective innovations. Criminology & Public Policy, 16, 487-499.
DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12288