Scaling Solutions Workshop Reports and Blog Posts

  • Workshop Report – Scaling Impact toward Systems Change: Exploring Gender Equality Efforts in India
    • In 2019, we conducted three country “deep dives” involving a workshop process that includes preparatory research and interviews, and a follow-up plan based on commitments made in the workshops. For India, Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy and RPA decided to focus on SDG Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Ashoka is a private research university with a focus on liberal arts, located in Haryana. The Centre is India’s first academic hub focused on enabling strategic and robust philanthropy for social impact. The Centre and RPA together selected potential interviewees and a workshop framework.
  • Workshop Report – Scaling Impact toward Systems Change: Exploring Good Health for All in Kenya
    • In 2019, we explored more deeply what collaborating for systems change looks like in a particular geographic area on a specific theme, in order to help funders understand the importance of local context and partnerships. We started with Kenya and focused on health and the determinants of health. For Kenya and most countries, achieving this goal requires greatly scaled-up solutions and impact and having at least some philanthropic funders adopt a systems approach, not least addressing deeper root causes; shifting mindsets and behaviors; supporting improved policies and implementation of those policies; and understanding and addressing power dynamics.
    • Read about Leveraging Partnerships to Shift Systems in Kenya in this blog.
  • Workshop Report – Assessing Systems Changing
    • In August 2019, RPA co-hosted a 3-day workshop in response to great interest in deeply exploring the question of how to monitor and evaluate systems change, since this is different from assessing a specific project, program, or grant. The workshop was led by outstanding, thoughtful experts on evaluation of systems change – Margaret (Meg) Hargreaves, Glenn Page, and Zenda Ofir.
  • Workshop Report – Philanthropy Transforming Finance: Building an Impact Economy
    • The Summit at Race Brook in July 2018 brought together about four dozen individuals from three continents who are leaders across the themes of systems thinking, philanthropy, impact investing and ‘new economy’ models. Those who came may have very different approaches, but share an interest in creating economic, financial and investment systems that serve people and planet, not the other way around. The organizers created the short-hand term ‘impact economy’ to represent this, and prior to the workshop participants expressed a set of visions on this theme that are captured later in this report
    • As a result of this convening, Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action was released in February 2019. It calls for philanthropic organizations to use their capital in a way that more directly supports the development of an impact economy; and to align their investments and actions overall with the underlying values inherent in an impact economy.
  • Blog – We Need to Talk about Systems Change
    • What does systems change mean to you?  Like so many other terms, you may think this phrase is straightforward until you actually begin talking about it – at which point you slowly begin to realize that what it means to you is not necessarily what it means to someone else.
  • Workshop Report – RPA Hosts Workshop in Bogotá, Colombia
    • In March 2018, RPA co-hosted a workshop on Scaling Solutions in Bogotá. With sixty participants representing corporate, family, and operating foundations in Colombia in attendance, conversations centered on the Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDG Philanthropy Platform or SDG PP), Theory of the Foundation(ToF), Scaling Solutions and time-horizon philanthropy.