Factors affecting successful scale-up of health-related pilot projects


  • Mariam Ashraf Researcher, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Aniza Ismail Department of Community Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Idayu Badilla Idris Department of Community Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Inayat Thaver Bahria University of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan




Objective: To identify the key factors that contribute to the successful scale-up of pilot projects, with emphasis on factors that are proven helpful in the successful scaling up of health interventions.

Methods: Grey literature was searched at the library of the University of Kebangsaan, Malaysia, on database engines Google Scholar and Science Direct with specific key words to screen papers published from January 2001 to June 2016. They were reviewed to identify the key factors affecting scaling up of health-related pilot projects. Full-text articles were selected, and their reference lists were checked to look for relevant papers.  They were short-listed and analysed using thematic approach.

Results: Of the 47 articles initially screened, 14(29.78%) were shortlisted. Thematic analysis of the selected articles suggested several key factors contributed to the successful scale-up of pilot projects. These factors included evidence-based and effective intervention, community readiness,   







Thematic Review Article