Evaluate Your Solution's Scalability
You’ve already demonstrated the value of your solution from the work you’ve done. Now you have to determine its viability and the feasibility of spreading and scaling your solution. What would it take to spread it throughout your school, district, community, or nation-wide? This activity helps you assess your solution's scalability, and provides a clear goal with which you can build a project roadmap in the next activities.
Operational and technical feasibility
Human capacity: Does the solution require a significantly higher level of skill or commitment than is found in the system now?
Tools, systems & infrastructures: Some solutions require specific supports - such as certain facilities, technologies, or materials - that are not normally available in typical schools.
Stakeholder support: In order to be scaled widely, solutions require the support of key stakeholders, such as elected and political officials, school and district leaders, and teachers, students, and parents. Be aware that there could be a conservative bias when it comes to innovation within schools, especially when there's any kind of experimentation that impacts students - positive or negative.
Social and cultural factors: The success of solutions may differ depending on non-school factors, such as cultural backgrounds, parental involvement, community infrastructure, and others. Consider the impact of these factors on the success of your solution.
Fidelity of solution: Can the solution be scaled in a way that preserves the central character and efficacy?
Financial costs: What are the costs associated with the solution as compared to the current education model? Consider one-time, start-up costs as well as operational and maintenance costs.
In considering all of these, what is the biggest scalability challenge? Does this challenge impact the level at which your solution can be scaled?
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