About Nesta

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.

Nesta commissioned Manchester University to create one of the most comprehensive databases of empirical evidence on the effectiveness of innovation policies in the world

The evidence compendium, which you can access below, comprises:

  • 18 summary reports on innovation policy interventions ranging from fiscal incentives for R&D, to advisory services, regulation, cluster policies and public procurement of innovation
  • Two synthesis reports summarising this huge new knowledge base and addressing the important issue of policy mix.