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The Innovation Growth Lab is a global collaboration that develops and tests different approaches to support innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. We work with policymakers to help them move from a traditional approach to an experimental approach.

€150 billion is spent every year on innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth support programmes in Europe alone, yet there is little credible evidence on what works, and what doesn't.

Despite the importance of innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship for economic growth, there is still too little evidence on how best to support these policies.

The Innovation Growth Lab believes that we need a more experimental approach to innovation and growth policy, trialling new instruments and evaluating them more rigorously. This involves making much more use of randomised controlled trials to find out what works and what doesn’t (and when), learning from the successful experience in other fields, such as development economics, health or education.

IGL is a global collaboration that aims to enable, support, undertake and disseminate high impact research that uses randomised controlled trials to improve the design of the programmes and institutions that help make our economies more innovative and entrepreneurial.

Our activities

We undertake a range of activities to help us deliver our mission:

  • Running trials: We work with our partners, other public and private organisations, and innovative companies to identify new opportunities for trials, which we then develop and run in collaboration with researchers in the IGL Research Network.
  • Funding trials: We support randomised controlled trials through the IGL Grants Programme, a bottom-up approach to identify and fund promising trials worldwide, encouraging more researchers and organisations to get into this space.
  • Building and connecting communities: We bring together researchers working on randomised controlled trials in this field through the IGL Research Network, and play a matching and brokerage role to help them connect with our growing network of partner organisations open to adopting randomisation in their programmes.
  • Promoting wider adoption of trials: We advocate the need to improve the evidence base on innovation and growth policy, and showcase the value of randomised controlled trials in this space in order to encourage wider adoption.
  • Creating useful resources: We aim to improve the knowledge base and develop best practice on how to do randomised controlled trials in this space, learn when they work and when don’t, and hence when to use and not to use them, creating useful resources to reduce the challenges faced by organisations interested in using randomised controlled trials.
  • Disseminating lessons: We act as an aggregator of the evidence emerging from randomised controlled trials worldwide (see our trials database), and translate it into actionable insights that are useful for both policymakers and practitioners, disseminating them widely through a range of activities such as presentations, conferences, webinar series and publications.

If you would like to find out more about how we could collaborate, see work with us section.

Project partners

Team

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Director, Innovation Growth Lab

Albert is Director of the Innovation Growth Lab.

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Hugo Cuello

Hugo Cuello

Hugo Cuello

Researcher, Innovation Growth Lab

Hugo is a Researcher for the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL), based in Nesta’s Research, Analysis and Policy team.

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Meg Doherty

Meg Doherty

Meg Doherty

Innovation Growth Lab Coordinator

Meg is the Team Coordinator for the Innovation Growth Lab.

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Triin Edovald

Triin Edovald

Triin Edovald

Principal Researcher, Innovation Growth Lab

Triin is Principal Researcher at the Innovation Growth Lab in Nesta's Policy & Research unit.

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Teo Firpo

Teo Firpo

Teo Firpo

Senior Researcher, Innovation Growth Lab

Teo is a researcher for the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL), Nesta’s global collaboration.

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Marieke Goettsch

Marieke Goettsch

Marieke Goettsch

Senior Policy Manager, Innovation Growth Lab

Marieke is a Senior Policy Manager for the Innovation Growth Lab in Nesta's Research, Analysis and Policy unit.

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James Phipps

James Phipps

James Phipps

Head of Economic Analysis and Policy Development, Innovation Growth Lab

James is the Head of Economic Analysis and Policy Development for the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) based in Nesta’s Research, Analysis and Policy team.

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Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Team Administrator, Innovation Growth Lab

Kate provides administrative support for the Innovation Growth Lab team.

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Lou-Davina Stouffs

Lou-Davina Stouffs

Lou-Davina Stouffs

Research and Programme Manager, Innovation Growth Lab

Lou-Davina is Research and Programme Manager for the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) in Nesta's Research, Analysis and Policy unit.

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