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Where can you get a simple introduction to innovation policy and the UK innovation system?

We find they’re harder to come by than you might expect, so we’ve compiled a set of resources that we hope will help fill the gap.

Over the years we’ve worked a lot with the UK government’s network of global science and innovation attachés. We’ve recently been helping them to create a set of induction materials on innovation policy and the UK innovation system for new recruits. They’ve kindly agreed to let us share it with the rest of you!

So far we’ve put together three packs:

Introduction to innovation policy and collaboration: Important concepts, latest thinking and debunking common myths

Introduction to the UK innovation system: A simple user guide to the institutions, performance and policies of the UK

Tradecraft for innovation diplomats – a prototype: Drawing on emergent practices from the UK, this practical guide offers planning tools, checklists and ten case studies of how the Science and Innovation Network has supported innovation collaboration

We’ve tried to make them easy to engage with, but included lots of links so you can go into subjects of your choice in more depth: whether that's how to measure innovation, how to incentivise firms to innovate, or how to assess the UK's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to innovation to name but a few.

Just in case you’re not sure how much you know already, you could take our quiz to find out.

And let us know what you think – here - or on Twitter #innovation101

Author

Kirsten Bound

Kirsten Bound

Kirsten Bound

Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy

Kirsten is an Executive Director at Nesta and leads Nesta’s Research, Analysis and Policy team.

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Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders

Principal Researcher

Tom was a Principal Researcher in the inclusive innovation team.

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