Nesta, in collaboration with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the World Bank, held the IGL Global Conference: Making Innovation and Growth Policy Work.

At a time of tight budgets we need new ways to support innovation and entrepreneurship that deliver impact. Better use of experiments, evidence and the latest thinking are key ways to make this happen. This conference showcased some of the latest trends and cutting-edge ideas in innovation and growth policy, and discussed how to develop and support these in practice.

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The conference featured world-leading experts from over 20 countries, view the full agenda.

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  • Our brief on why we need experimental innovation and growth policy
  • Our introductory guide has been created to help policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth understand why, when and how to do a randomised controlled trial (RCT).

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Sir Kevan Collins

Chief Executive - Education Endowment Foundation

Iqbal Dhaliwal

Deputy Director and the Global Head of Policy - J-PAL at MIT

Karim R. Lakhani

Associate Professor - Harvard Business School

Dean Karlan

Professor of Economics - Yale University