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The Transformative Innovation Policy Resource Lab and Tools

The TIP Resource Lab has formulated tools and processes that help understand the system and explore the necessary capabilities to create change.

Artwork by Tarika Jain

TIPC is a global consortium of policymakers, funders, researchers, and investors who mobilize the power of innovation to address societal and environmental challenges for the race to net zero and towards a sustainability transition for the world. The Transformative Innovation Policy Resource Lab was initiated by TIPC members as a platform for capturing the Consortium’s learning journey and translating this into practical tools, actions, and learnings.

The lab provides ideas for designs and implementation of TIP’s ideas. It contains five components where the first three introduce core methods for understanding a system and defining the approaches that can lead us to a desirable change, and the final two explore the capabilities, communities, and infrastructure needed to implement these approaches for a sustainable and just future.

Component 1: Developing a transformative theory of change for a sociotechnical system

This explains how a systemic understanding of satiating social needs, seen through the lens of transitions theory and anticipatory thinking, can help us to reframe our understanding of change and to identify key areas, activities, and programs for policy experimentation toward transformative change.

Component 2: Experimentation for Transformative Innovative Policy

This component of the TIP Lab explores tools and learnings from experimentation with Transformative Innovation Policy-orientated projects, programs, and policy initiatives.

Component 3: Monitoring, evaluation, and learning using transformative outcomes

It is extremely difficult to solve social injustice, resource depletion, and climate change at the same time. Initiatives from the community, business, and government will have to become prominent in the upcoming decades in an effort to address these issues. This component focuses on a different aspect of the interaction between evaluating, monitoring, and learning in transformative innovation policy.

Component 4: Capabilities for TIP Practice

This component examines the methods of operation that have benefited procedures, as well as the capacities and supportive environments that enable TIP practice in the pursuit of transformative change.

Component 5: TIP Knowledge and Community

This component invites you to explore documents, videos, and presentations about how the TIP Knowledge Infrastructure has conceptually evolved; how TIP knowledge guides; how the multiple research agendas on TIP are emerging; how the TIP network and community of practice are developing, and how the learnings from the TIP Knowledge co-creation events and engagements are processed.

Introduction to TIPC Tools:

  1. Co-creation for Policy Tuner: A co-creation process is a tool that can be used to design and improve upon an environment that fosters dialogue, exchange of ideas, trust, motivation, and change. By considering a series of interconnected variables, this process can guide individuals and groups through the stages of co-creation, leading to a successful outcome.

  2. Transformative Innovation Policy Radar: This reflective tool helps us to think about an initiative as a TIP experiment. Users rate the project according to how well it adheres to each principle, drawing a picture of its potential strengths and flaws and giving them the opportunity to offer suggestions for enhancing its transformative potential.

  3. Identifying Transformative outcomes in projects and policies: It is an introductory-level tool that helps us to think about how we might identify the 12 transformative outcomes in experimental projects and policies. In groups, users start by picking one or more transformative outcomes from three macro-process that lead to transformation. They then answer a series of questions. The aim is to discuss and think about the practical forms of transformative outcomes in experiments and how they can be identified for monitoring, evaluation, and learning purposes.

  4. Facets Equaliser for reflexive practice: The tool adapts and builds on a competency framework called FACETS®, which was created by the Association of Facilitators to help guide members through a reflexive self-assessment process, drawing on six key areas.

  5. Systemic change game: An immersive and playful online board game to strengthen your understanding of socio-technical systems and how to enable change in a local system.

  6. Pentagonal map for system analysis: A step-by-step Miro tool, designed for group use, that will help a team to understand actors, materials, and rules within a system, in order to identify a dominant regime.

  7. MOTION self-assessment tool: it is an evaluation tool that can be used to assess the quality of transformative outcomes in a specific initiative. It can be used as part of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of an initiative. It is best suited when the project or program has already developed a strategy.

  8. Articulating an initiative as a TIP Experiment: This tool is a ‘thinking exercise’ – a structured brainstorming process, designed to be used by an individual or group. Users will consider the potential of an initiative to become a TIP experiment that contributes to the transformation of a socio-technical system regime.

  9. Multi-level theory of change: This tool is designed for group use, to help us develop a transformative theory of how change happens within a socio-technical system, drawing on the Multi-Level Perspective.

  10. Motion transformative theory of change: It can be used to help develop and/or revise a transformative system change strategy for a project. The first part of the tool walks through the process of creating a transformative theory of change. The second part helps consider whether a project is contributing to systems transformation.

Innovation Policy and Anticipatory Governance:

When it comes to the creation and application of newer concepts and technologies, innovation policy and anticipatory governance are both significant fields of research and application. Policy innovation is governments, corporations, and people utilizing a variety of techniques and policies to encourage and support innovation. It can include things like financial support for R&D and rules that promote the use of cutting-edge technologies.

On the other side, anticipatory governance is defined as a “system of systems” that employs foresight to create future plans and take relevant actions.

Together, innovation policy and anticipatory governance are key tools for ensuring that new technologies are developed and used in a way that is beneficial to society and the environment. By promoting innovation and continuously managing emerging technologies, we can ensure that the benefits of new technologies are maximized while minimizing any potential negative impacts.

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