Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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Capturing the Essential Elements

October 30, 2004

When a program with demonstrated effectiveness is expanded, knowing how it works and why it works the way it does is an indispensable first step in preserving its quality. This report draws on P/PV's experience with different programs to show how to define a model's essential elements to increase the chances of successful replication. It contains lessons for program developers, funders and practitioners interested in adopting model programs.

Dissolving Dualities

June 1, 2003

This article provides an experience-based challenge to some of the most common myths about replication: programs can never be replicated, only adapted to unique local circumstances; competition has no place in the social sector; and it takes charismatic leadership to take a program to scale.

Investing in What Works

November 1, 2000

Getting organized for replication is no simple matter. There are many moving parts to a replication effort, and each needs to be thought through carefully. This working paper details the questions that should frame any serious replication effort.

Replicating Programs in Social Markets

August 1, 1998

This paper details the multiple factors that must be taken into account in assessing a programs chances of being successfully replicated, and investigates the various dimensions of replicability -- the program, the process, and the market. The dimensions of replicability represent a systematic method for parsing the opportunity that arises when a program model appears ready for broader implementation.

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