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6. Innovation Structures Self-Assessment

We created an “innovation climate” survey that went absolutely nowhere.  Twenty self-assessment questions were designed to help grantees discover and amplify existing patterns of innovation in their organization.  While it offered intellectual interest, grantees were less concerned with the “organization-wide climate” and more concerned with getting their project close to “lift-off.”
7. Site Visits – Appreciating Progress and Looking Forward

Six months into the grant cycle, each grantee received a site visit.  We focused on appreciating progress in the “discovery or development process” (How is it that our new idea or technology is a valuable advance?) while at the same time looking forward to “vetting” activities (How can we involve widening circles of people in reducing the risk of adopting this innovation?)

We focused on:

relational dynamics among key organizational or community players, reflecting on what was currently working and building on it;

strategies  aimed at attracting more people or groups in the vetting process, including identifying opinion leaders with social network mapping; and

serendipitous opportunities to link or insinuate the innovation to an external effort that already had momentum

We prepared grantees for the site visits with worksheets designed to jointly explore “Discovery, Vetting and Spreading” strategies.  

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