Policy Brief

Formative Evaluation of Transformative Innovation Policy: The Key Principles

Abstract

Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) is an emerging
form for understanding and practicing innovation policy.
It aims to mobilise innovation to tackle grand societal
and environmental challenges as encapsulated in the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). TIP is an
experimental approach that seeks to be inclusive, promote
deep learning and, ultimately, achieve systemic change.
These characteristics and the experimental nature of TIPs
make them different from other approaches to innovation
policy and require a different approach to evaluation.
This brief proposes a formative approach to the evaluation
of TIP experiments performed in protected technology
niches, or policy experiments aimed at destabilising
dominant, unsustainable socio-technical systems.

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