Our Vision of Impact

Innovation occurs within systems.  We believe that the difference between a system that delivers innovative solutions to complex challenges and one that fails to meet this objective hinges on how well it promotes Collaborative Innovation.

What is Collaborative Innovation?  It’s about partnership.  It’s about combining efforts and sharing complementary resources to create, test, and implement innovative ideas.  It’s about injecting collaboration at every stage along the innovation journey from idea to impact.  It is Collaborative Innovation that serves as the common ingredient across all of GKI’s work.  It is our glue.  We believe that through Collaborative Innovation, people in poor and vulnerable communities can bring the full force of their capabilities to bear in addressing challenges.


Years GKI has been dedicated to Collaborative Innovation


Networks we’ve strengthened


Countries our partners are from


Individuals trained on Collaborative Innovation


Resources offered by partners in our networks


Stickie notes used (and counting!)

Measuring Progress

Where, how, and why we support Collaborative Innovation fuels our story of impact.  We track how our programs advance impact at four strategic points: the enabling environment, networks, institutions, and individuals.  We measure impact by assessing how:

Enabling Environments and whole systems change to better support Collaborative Innovation. We look for evidence that GKI has changed systems to provide the structures and policies to unleash Collaborative Innovation.

Networks change to facilitate Collaborative Innovation.  We measure how networks become more inclusive, more focused, and more productive in terms of delivering solutions.

Institutions change to engage in Collaborative Innovation.  We look for changes in how institutions manage and incentivize Collaborative Innovation.

Individuals’ capacity changes to facilitate Collaborative Innovation.  We track how individuals’ skills change and how those new skills improve problem-solving.

Stories and indicators of our progress can be found within our Annual Reports dating back to 2009 and our Theory of Change. View our most recent annual report here.