Shake Shack. Subway. McDonald’s. Starbucks. Love them or hate them, corporate chains are everywhere. And most of the time, they produce a reliable product day in and day out. Chains have figured out how to replicate their models across many local contexts, often at a rapid pace.
The social sector has taken note of that corporate success.International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF) has been working with partners around the world since 2011 to identify and replicate proven models for delivering social impact. They’ve worked with healthcare NGO Population Services International, which operates 33 healthcare franchise chains in 30 countries, and a number of social service providers in the U.K., including food banks and child violence groups.