TCI’s Rapid Scale Initiative: A Model for Achieving Sustainable Impact at Scale in Just Two Years

Apr 1, 2024

Written by Anna Stember

TCI’s Rapid Scale Initiative: A Model for Achieving Sustainable Impact at Scale in Just Two Years

Apr 1, 2024

Written by Anna Stember

“Data to Wisdom: Unleashing the Power of Learning” is a new blog series featured on TCI’s website. In this series, we embark on a journey through the complex landscape of data, exploring how it evolves into invaluable wisdom, shaping the trajectory of learning and development. Through analysis and insightful narratives, we delve into TCI’s impact and results from a diverse array of sources, including quarterly or annual reports, and publications. Join us as we decipher the pathways that lead from raw data to profound insights, shedding light on TCI’s transformative contributions to the art and science of scaling high-impact practices and other interventions.

Social mobilization activities with women in the Yankwashi LGA in Jigawa State, Nigeria’s RSI site.

Social mobilization activities with women in the Yankwashi LGA in Jigawa State, Nigeria’s RSI site.

In 2023, The Challenge Initiative (TCI) introduced the Rapid Scale Initiative (RSI), a new model for scaling up high-impact family planning practices and other interventions (HIPs & HIIs) that can achieve results in a shorter time frame of two years. Typically TCI engages with a city for about three years, before they graduate from TCI’s direct support.

Supported by Bayer AG, RSI focuses on TCI’s key performance indicators (KPIs) of additional users and local government self-reliance in implementing HIPs & HIIs for sustainable family planning and adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) programs. TCI and Bayer assessed a selection of proposals to decide which locations offer the best promise of achieving the KPIs.

TCI launched RSI in 10 cities in 2023, including four cities in India (Bhubaneshwar in Odisha and Satna, Morena and Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh), one state in Nigeria (Jigawa), three cities in East Africa (Hoima, Uganda; Homabay, Kenya; Geita DC, Tanzania), and two cities in Pakistan (Multan and Khanewal). Of the nearly 992,000 additional family planning clients TCI contributed to in 2023, 33,307 came from these 10 cities.

In India’s four RSI cities, TCI expedited intrauterine device (IUCD) training and implemented fixed-day static services while also contributing to Madhya Pradesh’s Program Implementation Plan. East Africa’s RSI cities focused on advocacy for funding family planning activities in the upcoming financial year and coaching on HIPs & HIIs. In Pakistan, TCI collaborated with local family planning leaders in its two RSI cities to conduct gap analyses, initiate RAISE assessments, prioritize HIPs & HIIs, and develop master coaches. In Nigeria, Jigawa State’s program design was approved in Novemebr 2023.

RSI stemmed from an idea proposed by TCI’s East Africa hub to distill the most essential components of the TCI model to stimulate rapid diffusion in targeted cities. Under RSI, TCI focuses on strengthening local capacity to implement a few main HIPs & HIIs at an accelerated pace. Other TCI elements –capacity transfer, political support from local governments, tailored program design, and data collection – are maintained to facilitate self-reliance.

Insights gained from RSI will inform ongoing efforts to refine TCI’s operational model.

Read the full 2023 Annual Report

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