We aim to enable, support, undertake and disseminate high impact research that uses randomised trials to improve the design of the programmes and institutions that help make our economies more innovative and entrepreneurial.
We have developed a guide on why, when and how to do RCTs in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

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IGL Projects

IGL is undertaking and supporting a number of randomised trials globally.

What is the effectiveness of goal setting and accountability to promoting business growth and learning outcomes?

Is there an effect of incubator spaces on the survival of startups and their economic performance? And if so, why?

Can a more focused, mini-accelerator programme be an effective and low-cost approach to increase startups’ growth?

What is the impact of different types of knowledge transfer activities on the number and quality of business-science interactions?

What is the impact of different types of entrepreneurial training programmes? Do training programmes on business skills or non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills have similar effects?

How do different types of proximity impact collaboration and knowledge generation? How should we design research campuses to maximize the probability of breakthrough innovation taking place?


IGL is an international initiative led by Nesta in partnership with several public and private organisations around the world.