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Driving innovation and experimentation in government from a systems perspective: not only what and how, but why

By Piret Tõnurist on Friday, 14 June 2019.

Is there anyone left that thinks governments should continue as they are? That work is somehow going to slow down and we can go back to a stable environment? Piret Tõnurist outlines why governments need to adapt in this changing world.

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IGL2019: Understanding the people of innovation policy making

By Ksenia Zheltoukhova on Monday, 10 June 2019.

New ideas in innovation policymaking often seek to improve the process of discovering and measuring innovation, as well as challenge our understanding of the comparative benefits of existing approaches for the economy and society. IGL2019 speakers offered an important additional thread, sharing insights on how innovation agencies could spot, develop and support the people behind the policymaking process.

Lessons from IGL2019: improving research productivity, collaboration, commercialisation and impact

By Henry Sauermann on Monday, 10 June 2019.

During the Policy and Practice Learning Lab at IGL2019 in Berlin, we hosted a range of workshops and interactive sessions to give policymakers the opportunity to put their learning into action. Henry Sauermann, Associate Professor of Strategy at EMST Berlin, joined a panel to discuss how we understand scientists’ and researchers’ motives to improve research productivity, collboaration, commercialisation and impact.

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How to test innovation in the real world: insights from IGL2019

By Jen Rae and Harry Armstrong on Friday, 7 June 2019.

The emergence of new technological capabilities, whether in the form of Artificial Intelligence enabled autonomous vehicles or new ways of delivering services, offer important benefits for the economy and society. But their novelty can pose a problem. How will these innovations function in the real world? How can we employ these new ideas to maximize the benefits and mitigate potential harms? What other structures, physical, organisational or social, will we need to put in place for them to work?

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IGL2019: Gender and innovation

By Eszter Czibor on Friday, 7 June 2019.

At IGL2018, we were compelled to reckon with a large and persistent gender gap in innovation - and so this year, we asked experts how we could close the gap. Sofia Bapna from the Carlson School of Management and Rembrand Koning from the Harvard Business School presented some answers based on their latest research at the IGL2019 Research Meeting in Berlin.

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Showing Life Opportunities: Increasing opportunity-driven entrepreneurship and STEM careers through online courses in schools

By Igor Asanov, Thomas Åstebro, Guido Buenstorf, Bruno Crepon, Diego d'Andria, Francisco Flores, David McKenzie, Mona Mensmann, Mathis Schulte on Friday, 26 April 2019.

How might a government encourage more opportunity-led entrepreneurship and science-led innovation careers at a large scale? Igor Asanov et al tackle opportunities in STEM in a RCT funded by the IGL Grants Programme.

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If it worked there, will it work here?

By Triin Edovald on Tuesday, 16 April 2019.

The problem with the external validity of impact evaluations has not gone away. Quite the opposite, policymakers in many different sectors have access to an increasing amount of evidence of “what works in a particular context” and policymakers are often left to believe that policy design can be based on evidence of what worked in other contexts.

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Don't overlook local skills: Effective policies to improve business practices

By Hugo Cuello on Monday, 15 April 2019.

Small businesses face significant challenges and constraints. Managerial and business skills are crucial elements that affect whether a firm survives and increases their profits. Given this, many business training programmes have been developed and implemented across the globe. But how successful are these programmes?

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