2019 South African Transformative Innovation Learning Journey Resource Page

In support of the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), South Africa has embarked on an associated national programme aimed at building a South African community of change agents working on Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP). Capacity building, and training on TIP with policymakers and researchers is an important part of this programme.

The resources below provide an essential introduction to the content that will be engaged with during the Transformative Innovation Learning Journey that has been developed as part of the core TIPC programme and adapted into a bespoke training for South Africa.


Essential Reading:

Paper: Schot & Steinmueller, Three frames for innovation policy: R&D, systems of innovation, and transformative change

Essential Watching:

A Journey through Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP): An Introductory Lecture

This is a five part lecture given by Professor Ed Steinmueller, TIPC team member, providing an introductory overview of the theory behind transformative innovation policy. The lecture is comprised of five videos, each of roughly ten to fifteen minutes, to watch at a convenient pace:


Part 1: The world we are in

Part 2: Innovation Policy
– the last 75 years

Part 3: Uncertainty and directionality

Part 4: TIP Foundations 

Part 5: TIPC

Part 2: A Societal Perspective

Essential Watching:

These videos are supplied by EIT Climate-KIC transitions hub. They are suggested as they give an idea of how the theoretical approach could be used in practice when designing transformative innovation policy.

Trajectories of change

Flourishing multi-level

Context map

Part 3: Experiementation

Essential Reading

Policy Brief: Transforming Experimentation

Essential Watching:

Six Systemic Strengths

Part 4: Evaluation

Essential Reading

Policy brief: Key Principles for a Formative Evaluation of Transformative Innovation Policy



In addition to work being conducted in South Africa, TIPC is also working on a pilot phase with Senegal, Ghana and Kenya. This work is in line with Africa’s transformation aspirations towards a knowledge economy that is underpinned by innovation, as articulated in continental frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and STI Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024).
The institutions and agencies involved are:

  • University of Dakar, Senegal
  • Kenyan National Commission for Science Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI)
  • Ghanaian Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI)


For more information on the TIP Africa Hub, developed with funding from IDRC, visit the TIP Africa Hub section. 

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