Why are we doing this?
Governments around the world are seeking more effective approaches to fostering innovation. Ensuring innovation policymakers have the right skills, insights, tools, evidence and networks to help design, implement, evaluate and improve innovation policies is essential if these policies are to have the desired impacts on economic growth and social challenges.
In many areas, the UK is seen as a global leader on innovation policy issues and in leadership capacity building. Yet there is a global shortage of resources, professional development and peer-support networks for public officials tasked with designing and implementing better support for innovation.
By bringing together a strong network of UK experts around an innovative, system-wide capacity building programme, Nesta aims to increase the level of international collaboration on innovation policy and support the development of other countries’ innovation systems.
What are we doing?
We are partnering with Innovate UK and a unique team of academic, public and private sector organisations to lead the design and delivery of a tailor-made development programme for innovation policymakers in a range of emerging economies around the world. The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator programme is funded through the UK government’s Newton Fund and delivers executive development to national cohorts of senior policymakers from the main innovation institutions, while strengthening the implementation capabilities of their teams. This programme has the potential to make a real difference to national innovation systems and drive greater inclusive economic development.
Who are we working with?
The programme is delivered by a consortium of leading UK expert organisations including the universities of Manchester and Oxford, and innovation and design expert consultants 100% Open and Uscreates.
We are also working with local partner organisations in each of the countries the Programme is delivered in. These local partnerships are essential to our ability to fully grasp and navigate each of unique national innovation systems we are working with.
Over the last two years Nesta, supported by Innovate UK, worked with Fundación IDEA in Mexico City and Bogotá and Fundación Chile in Santiago, as well as regional government experts across the Pacific Alliance to scan innovation developments in the region, map the profile and needs of innovation policymakers, and pilot a first run of the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator.
Using the latest literature and data and doing in-depth interviews with experts across the region, we diagnosed existing challenges, and proposed different models of capacity building to best improve the impact of innovation policy. This scoping project informed the design and development of the Global Innovation Policy Accelerator.
The Policy Accelerator was then successfully piloted in 2016-17 in the four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The lessons from this pilot run are being embedded in a revised Programme to be rolled out to 11 more countries in 2017-19.