Read the latest blogs from the IGL network.

Furniture makers

Are you ready for an RCT?: Practical lessons for running randomised controlled trials in small businesses

By Jeremy Shapiro, Chaning Jang on Thursday, 28 June 2018.

We thought we had a great idea to spur innovation and growth in the informal furniture sector in Kenya: we opened and operated a tool library in the informal furniture district in Nairobi, Kenya. The tool library, aptly named “WorkShop”, offers capital in the form of access to quality, industrial grade tools, as well as skills in the form of training classes from a five-week curriculum on business practices, technical skills and customer management.


Moving from confusing present to a more practical future: A practical framework for applying evidence in decision-making

By Triin Edovald on Thursday, 28 June 2018.

Evidence-based policy making has now become central to the scientific agenda. The amount of rigorous evidence is increasing in all fields but the question of how to best apply this evidence to policy making processes remains a challenge. Particularly, since the evidence comes from a range of contexts, it makes it harder to predict whether a policy will have the same impact in one context as it did elsewhere. Furthermore, there are also implications for how the evidence from another context influences the design and implementation of policies.

It isn’t clear how we solve the productivity puzzle, so let’s experiment

By James Phipps on Monday, 11 June 2018.

As you are reading this, I would expect that there is a policymaker somewhere in the world preparing a paper on how their organisation can help raise productivity. A decade since the global financial crisis and productivity growth remains sluggish for many advanced and developing economies.

How would you spend $10 million to ensure more children become innovators later on in life?

By on Sunday, 10 June 2018.

Innovation is the driving force behind rising prosperity, yet we don’t often talk about how people become inventors. Now, a study using US data shows that who your parents are - and how much money they have - makes a big difference in your chances of becoming an innovator.

The five questions for innovation and entrepreneurship policymakers that we’ll tackle at IGL2018

By Albert Bravo-Biosca on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.

Every year we invest lots of time to understand what are some of the pressing questions that policymakers working on innovation and entrepreneurship have on their radar. We meet with our colleagues, we consult our partners and we engage with our networks in order to identify key challenges and the people at the forefront of addressing them.