Health Foundation seeks teams to explore spread of innovations via social franchising


Posted on 4 April 2017 (Permalink)

Does your team have a proven health care intervention it wants to spread widely? Does your organisation have social purpose at its heart? The Health Foundation is looking for teams to explore whether social franchising techniques can successfully spread your work. Apply now for the chance to receive funded consultancy support from the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF) to explore whether social franchising or licensing might be appropriate for your intervention.

Social franchising and licensing are methods to replicate and spread interventions that have not yet been used or tested widely in health care. The Health Foundation believes they have the potential to help spread proven health interventions.

Social franchising involves enabling another team or organisation to deliver a proven programme to agreed standards under a franchise agreement. Social licensing involves turning an innovation into intellectual property that can be licensed for use by others, with certain expectations on quality. In both cases, the primary aim is to maximise social benefit – which is what distinguishes them from the commercial use of franchising and licensing methods.

The Foundation is offering teams the opportunity to apply for funded consultancy support from ICSF to explore whether social franchising techniques can support the successful spread of improvement interventions.

Benefits for your team

  • Your team will receive consultancy support to explore replication strategies and specifically whether social franchising or licensing may be appropriate for your intervention.
  • If potential for social franchising and licensing is demonstrated, selected teams will be invited to apply for a fully funded programme later in 2017.
  • The programme will offer funding and support for teams to spread their intervention using social franchising and licensing techniques.

The deadline is 4pm on 13 April 2017. For more details and to apply, go to the Health Foundation website