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.

Goal 7: By 2021, all Nesta missions will actively consider and measure the impact of our work on minoritised and disadvantaged groups throughout the innovation process.

Our starting points for change

To support the success of our missions, we will include a diverse range of skills and perspectives in the innovation process, limit the influence of our biases and blind spots in our decision-making, reduce the likelihood of our programmes inadvertently causing harm, and ensure that our work benefits those who are most disadvantaged.

How we will address these issues

We will build our project teams with the explicit aim of combining diverse and lived experience, and create teams that include people with lived experience, practitioner experience and expertise in our innovation capabilities. This may involve hiring team members and leads who have lived experience and/or creating a sounding board of people with lived experience to co-design and co-produce solutions.

We will use a range of intersectional data and research, including qualitative data of lived experience (e.g. client interviews), to inform our decisions. Where data does not exist, we may seek to collect and publish intersectional data. We will include EDI in all evaluations to assess the impact of our innovations on minoritised and disadvantaged groups. These evaluation results will be made public and will be part of stage- gating decisions (see Goal 6).

Measures of progress

  • Programme evaluations
  • Project team composition