Managing Innovation for Impact Training Course

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I eligible to apply?

We are looking for applicants who meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • You are currently in a mid-level management role with responsibility for either: 

    • (a) managing part or all of an innovation portfolio or initiative; 

    • (b) developing new tools, innovative ways of working and/or investment strategies for greater impact.

  • You have experience and/or knowledge of the barriers, challenges and bottlenecks that currently impact the management of innovation within your organisation

  • You have influence over how resources for innovation are allocated, designed and evaluated, and opportunity to contribute to the innovation strategy and approach of your broader team / organisation

  • You have a network of relationships and partnerships both within and outside your organisation that enable you to share your learning and influence others

  • You have an open mindset, are prepared to engage in new ways of working and be challenged to critically analyse your own

  • You have the capacity to dedicate time and effort to complete pre- and post-training work and be fully present during the week of training (8-12 October 2018)

What information will I need to provide?

Participants will be required to complete the online Application Form in full, and be able to answer in detail questions relating to:

  • Their professional responsibilities regarding innovation management
  • Their recent employment history prior to their current role
  • Their self-perceived strengths and weaknesses in their current role
  • Examples of challenging situations they have experienced in an innovation context
  • Their network of professional relationships 

Most importantly, all participants will need to provide a Letter of Recommendation from their immediate manager or sponsor explaining why they would make a good training participant, as well as a copy of their up to date CV / Resume.

How much will the course cost?

Successful participants will not be required to pay a course attendance fee, and all of their food, accommodation and local airport/rail station transfer costs to/from Bellagio will be covered by the course organisers. Participants from low- and middle-income countries will also be provided with financial support to cover the costs of their economy class international travel to / from Italy. All other participants will need to ensure they are able to self-finance their travel to/from Italy. 

Who will be teaching the course?

This course will be designed and delivered by some of the world's leading innovation thinkers, managers and practitioners from diverse institutional and geographic contexts. Core faculty members have already come on board, while others will be selected once the final cohort of training participants for the pilot has been agreed, in order to identify faculty who best match the particular needs and learning interests of this group. Once finalised, bios of all faculty members will be made available on this website.

How many places are available?

For the pilot iteration of this course, between 24 and 26 participants will be selected. While small, this size group will ensure meaningful interaction and participation levels, and is aligned with the intimate environment and setting of the Rockefeller Foundation Conference Centre in Bellagio. Following evaluation of the pilot, further iterations of the course will be delivered through different approaches and locations that will likely enable greater numbers to participate.  

How will participants be selected?

To maximise the benefit of the training for participants, it is important that participants with the right mix of competencies and needs are selected. Following closure of the application process, a diverse selection committee will rate each applicant against a competency-based assessment tool that will help identify participants who have the most to gain from the course in terms of their individual and institutional learning potential.

In the interests of creating a diverse and dynamic training cohort, the selection committee will also look to ensure the following:

  • An equitable gender split
  • A geographic spread between the Global North and South, both in terms of a participant's home country and their regional focus
  • A diversity of agencies supporting innovation in different ways


Will there be pre-work required?

The training course will cover a lot of material in just a week, so to give participants the best experience we will be providing a small amount of reading and some simple preparatory exercises to complete before they start the course. This will be circulated to participants with ample time before the course to allow them to work through the materials at their own pace - we recognise you all have busy professional and personal lives! 

Is the course accredited?

This course is not part of a recognised training accreditation scheme. However, all participants finishing the course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Participants will also benefit from the considerable brand recognition of the organisations associated with IDIA who have been the architects of making this course a reality.

Do you provide financial assistance?

Yes - as noted above, participants from low- and middle-income countries will be provided with financial support to cover the costs of their economy class international travel to / from Italy.

Do I need a visa?

Participants from different countries may require a visa to enter Italy. We advise applicants to check this BEFORE applying for the course, not because needing a visa will in any way disadvantage your application, but to ensure that should you be selected as a participant we can quickly provide you with the documentation and support you need to secure your visa in time for the course. CLICK HERE for a quick way to find out if you need a visa.

What will happen after the course?

While the course itself is only one week in duration, a key objective is to ensure participants make strong connections with others in their training cohort to allow for continued support and interaction after the course has concluded. As part of the pilot evaluation, the course organisers will also be in touch with participants at various intervals after the training to explore how they are applying their learning within their own institutional contexts.

When will I know if I have a place?

Applications for the pilot training course will close at 6.00pm on Monday 2 July 2018. Successful applicants will then be informed by email of their offer of a place on the course no later than Tuesday 10 July 2018, and must then reply by latest 13 July 2018 to either accept their place or (if their circumstances have changed), decline the offer so that another individual may take their place. If an applicant fails to respond to their offer by the 13 July deadline, their place on the course will be automatically offered to another candidate.

How do I get to Bellagio?

The Rockefeller Foundation Conference Centre at Bellagio, Italy, is served by a range of transport options. Participants attending the course will need to arrive at either Milan Malpensa or Linate airports (which serve a wide range of international destinations) or Milano Centrale Railway Station. A pre-organised private transfer service will be ready to then escort participants by road to the Conference Centre in Bellagio.

What language will the course be in?

The course, including all sessions and materials, will be delivered in English.

Who do I contact with other questions?

If you have a question that is not answered by any of the above, you may contact the Training Organisers directly by emailing and we will aim to respond to your request as soon as possible. Please do not telephone or contact the Bellagio centre directly, as they will not be able to help you.


Ready to apply?

CLICK HERE to complete your Application Form!