On paper, university-industry partnerships offer great opportunities to both sides, and yet in reality these partnerships are hard to come by. Ferran Giones explains the pilot study they did, funded by the IGL Grants Programme, to try to encourage more.
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IGL grantees present their final findings from an RCT into the impact of soft-skill business training programmes on microentrepreneurs.
Mission-oriented innovation policy is back on the agenda, gaining more and more traction among both innovation policymakers and practitioners. Teo Firpo explains how and why experimentation is important when delivering missions.
Not all new policy ideas will be successful. If policymakers are to be experimental then they and wider stakeholders will have to accept the risk that new programmes or design changes will fail to work as intended. James Phipps takes on failures in his latest blog.
Mindsets greatly affect the tools we use and the outcomes we achieve; it’s time for governments and those working with public services to confront this reality rather than keep futilely trying to control it, says Alexis Palá of Y Lab, after her session at IGL2019.
I recently participated at the Innovation Growth Lab’s Global Conference, IGL2019. The conference is a unique opportunity to access the latest developments in innovation policy, and more importantly, on evidence about these types of policies.
Is there anyone left that thinks governments should continue as they are? That work is somehow going to slow down and we can go back to a stable environment? Piret Tõnurist outlines why governments need to adapt in this changing world.
By now you should have gathered that at IGL we believe innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth policy would benefit from being more experimental. It will also therefore not be a surprise that this is a common theme at IGL conferences, with sessions each year showcasing policy relevant experiments and workshops that build awareness and knowledge of experimental approaches.
New ideas in innovation policymaking often seek to improve the process of discovering and measuring innovation, as well as challenge our understanding of the comparative benefits of existing approaches for the economy and society. IGL2019 speakers offered an important additional thread, sharing insights on how innovation agencies could spot, develop and support the people behind the policymaking process.
During the Policy and Practice Learning Lab at IGL2019 in Berlin, we hosted a range of workshops and interactive sessions to give policymakers the opportunity to put their learning into action. Henry Sauermann, Associate Professor of Strategy at EMST Berlin, joined a panel to discuss how we understand scientists’ and researchers’ motives to improve research productivity, collboaration, commercialisation and impact.
At IGL2019 we explored agile innovation policy - what is it, why is it important, and how do we get governments to adopt it in their policymaking strategies? Marieke gives an overview of this year's conference's opening session in Berlin.
The emergence of new technological capabilities, whether in the form of Artificial Intelligence enabled autonomous vehicles or new ways of delivering services, offer important benefits for the economy and society. But their novelty can pose a problem. How will these innovations function in the real world? How can we employ these new ideas to maximize the benefits and mitigate potential harms? What other structures, physical, organisational or social, will we need to put in place for them to work?