How to Expand Programs Addressing America's Social Problems

Capturing and sharing lessons learned in taking effective social programs to scale

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), authorized by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to increase the effectiveness of programs addressing the social problems of America.

To meet this goal, the SIF supports the development of tools and data that enable government and philanthropic organizations to demonstrate which of their programs will yield the greatest impact on America's toughest social challenges.

The Council on Foundations and its consultants identified the lessons learned about successfully expanding programs that can be used to inform the structure of the national SIF.

Consultant Bridgespan Communications published reference materials focused on program effectiveness and organizational capacity building on its website.