Posts Tagged ‘social impact assessment’

Collaborative Innovation, where’s the supporting data

March 1, 2010

As mentioned in my previous post about the social impact assessment of social innovation, I carried out some ‘collaborative’ research for NESTA Connect last year. What surprised me was that our initial thin-slice scoping work showed that the area of collaborative innovation is somewhat underdeveloped and scattered, lacking consensus on “proven” strategies, enablers/barriers, management implications, and most importantly empirical frameworks for the assessment of collaborative innovation effect. So I put this to a couple of eminent academics and their responses seemed to confirm our initial findings: (more…)


Assessing the impact of Social Innovation

February 28, 2010

I carried out some pilot research last year for NESTA Connect on collaborative innovation with Dr Alain Samson at the LSE. One of the areas we looked at as part of our thin slice was Social Innovation 2.0 (e.g. where Web 2.0 meets Open Collaboration), which has captured the imagination of various funding bodies and institutions. Social Reporter David Wilcox had kindly mentioned a video about the social entrepreneur landscape from the 2gether08 gathering, and it was interesting to hear an admission that there’s a danger of a Fools’ Gold Rush where from time to time you get social entrepreneurs crowding in to do something that look goods at the time, but doesn’t turn out to exceed expectations. (more…)