GKI Unveils New Resource to Support Innovation in Global Development

Improved Innovation Decision Making Visual Description of the 6 components: cultivate, network, resource, prioritize, design, and plan and improve

For immediate release: September 15th, 2017 Improving the Ability to Make Decisions that Advance Organizational Innovation Washington D.C., USA: New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) reveals that the approach used by many organizations to assess and adopt innovation is subpar.  Lacking are better processes to understand when and why innovation is needed and incorporate it into organizational and individual work.  The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) collaborated with MIT on this research, examining the path to innovation adoption in the agricultural sector specifically, with case work in Tanzania. As a result of the research and GKI’s extensive experience training individuals, organizations, and networks, GKI has launched an Improved Innovation Decision Making (IIDM) Toolset. The IIDM guide for practitioners is designed to aid organizations and individuals seeking to build the capacity of problem solvers to innovate and collaborate more effectively. This innovation resource addresses two key components: (1) cultivating an innovator’s mindset and (2) improving the processes that support decision making along the journey from idea to impact.  GKI asserts that both of these ingredients are vital for decision making to yield improved innovation. The stages of decision making the Toolset guides users through include adopting the right mindset and utilizing clear processes for generating insights, reframing challenges, developing and testing new ideas, and determining a course of action. GKI’s work in the field of global development has emphasized the need for more support for individuals at the front lines of complex, interconnected, and dynamic challenges where organizations are frequently expected to do more to solve challenges with fewer resources. GKI’s Chief Operating Officer Sara Farley emphasizes, “The increasing gap between the need to innovate within global development organizations and the limited support given to innovation capacity building beckons for a response. We (GKI) knew we were in a prime position to develop a framework to adapt and address complex change and we’re thrilled to collaborate with organizations to address dynamic, uncertain futures […]

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