Scaling-up strategies for pilot research experiences.


This review, commissioned by the DFID NRSP Hillsides Research Programme, had the objective of identifying appropriate strategies to accelerate uptake of innovations by target farmers and providing a framework to guide the formulation of scaling-up processes of innovation facilitation. The review methodology included analysis of the key literature, an electronic discussion, a mid-term workshop with various stakeholders (researchers, NGOs) from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe and a detailed case study analysis.

While no blueprint methods for scaling-up can be found, the report concludes from case studies and wider experiences that creating an impact from research results has in the past focused heavily on the \"post-project\" stage, meanwhile many of the key strategies which have been identified as prerequisites for successful scaling-up need to be addressed more extensively in the pre-project and implementation phase.

As a response to this major shortcoming a strategic review framework was developed which places its main emphasis on the preparatory and implementation stages of research projects. Finally conclusions and recommendations for the implementation of the framework were developed.


Guendel, S. 2001. Scaling-up strategies for pilot research experiences. Workshop proceedings, Whitstable, Kent, 23-25 January 2001. Chatham, UK: Natural Resources Institute, 12 pp.

Scaling-up strategies for pilot research experiences.

Published 1 January 2001