This is a toolkit on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and is designed to help busy people working in development.
You can access and download the DIY toolkit for free in English, Spanish and Mandarin at diytoolkit.org.
The toolkit was created by Nesta in partnership with STBY and Quicksand, and made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The free toolkit includes 30 tried and tested social innovation tools, all grounded in existing theories and practices of innovation, design, and business development.
As well as the downloadable full toolkit, each of the individual tools is available in a range of sizes as a pdf template for use in the field, so practitioners can dive straight into action.
The DIY toolkit website also features a range of case studies and expert blog posts to help people put the tools into practice.
These tools haven't come out of thin air. The toolkit draws on a study of many hundreds of tools currently being used, but we have included only the ones which practitioners found most useful.
Many of them are well documented and have been widely used in other sectors. In that sense this toolkit is standing on the shoulders of giants, and we are happy to acknowledge that. All the tool descriptions include a key reference, so it is easy to trace back their origins and dive deeper into other publications about their application.