Scaling Impact

  • Fri, April 17, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Video conference link will be shared ahead of the event

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Please join John Gargani and co-author Robert McLean for a virtual presentation on their new book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good.

Inspired by research on scientific and entrepreneurial innovators across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East, the book presents a different perspective on how to achieve impact that matters.

The book is organized around four research-based scaling principles—justification, optimal scale, coordination, and dynamic evaluation—and culminates in five case studies.

John and Robert will go beyond their published work, unpacking what they call dynamic evaluation. One aspect of dynamic evaluation is a new systems model that helps evaluators identify what they should assess when evaluating efforts to scale impact.

They will discuss how the systems model complements traditional tools, like logic models and theories of change. And they will connect their work to two recent publications—Feinstein’s (2019) paper suggesting that dynamic evaluation be used to support transformative change, and Patton’s (2018) framework for Principles-Focused Evaluation.


John Gargani is President of Gargani + Company, Inc. based in Berkeley, California. He is Past-President of the American Evaluation Association.




Robert McLean is Senior Program Specialist in Policy and Evaluation at the International Research Development Centre in Canada. He led the Scaling Science exploration, which underpins this book.                        



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