IDIA Training on Managing Innovation for Impact
A pioneering course in innovation management
Finding innovative solutions to address complex development challenges is essential for driving progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As the breadth and diversity of development innovation tools and approaches continue to increase, the ability of organisations to efficiently and effectively manage innovation processes, resources and relationships becomes ever more critical.
To help address this challenge, the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) has supported the development of a unique training course of dynamic learning and skills for innovation managers. Designed and delivered by some of the world’s leading innovation thinkers and practitioners, this course provides essential training for organisations and individuals who are committed to managing innovation for greater impact, and is designed to help participants become catalysts for scaling innovation within their local and global ecosystems. It combines inspirational ‘TED-talk’ style keynote addresses from innovation leaders with a rich variety of case studies, tools and hypothetical scenarios to help participants acquire and practice the skills that are immediately relevant to their needs, including:
A unique experience for innovation managers
The very first iteration of the IDIA “Managing Innovation for Impact” training was hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation at their conference centre in Bellagio, Italy from 8-12 October 2018. In 2019, the course will be hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in the unique waterside setting of their Partnership Forum Centre in Härnösand, Sweden. Here, participants and faculty will work together to unpack and address the key contemporary challenges that managers in innovation-supporting agencies face in making informed decisions and impactful investments.
As a residential course, participants will be able to spend a concentrated period of time grappling with the most challenging parts of innovation management, while also building strong and lasting relationships with other students and faculty members participating in the course.
In this way, participants will benefit from the ‘cohort effect’ – the richness of experience that comes from training as part of a community. This initiative is specially designed to help build strong and sustainable relationships across the diverse cohort of faculty and participants to enable fellowship and interaction far beyond the duration of the course itself.
Participant Feedback from the 2018 Training in Bellagio, Italy
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