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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

New thinking on innovation policy advocates for more directional and activist approaches that address societal needs.

This event investigated the relationship between the ‘evidence system’ for innovation policies (how and what evidence we collect, share, analyse, use and value) and the inclusiveness of innovation policies, in terms of who benefits, who participates and who decides.

We bought together researchers and policymakers for a half-day workshop to discuss how to develop an evidence system that supports inclusive innovation policymaking. The afternoon was a series of discussions punctuated by expert provocations on the following topics:

1.Shifting frames of innovation policy and their implications for measurement
2. Mapping the policy/evidence advisory system for inclusive innovation
3. The evidence base: where are the gaps and what (new) methods can we use to fill them?

We also shared a draft paper detailing our thinking on the challenges and opportunities in developing an evidence system for more inclusive innovation policy.