TIP Learning, Training & Capacity Building


Learning is fundamental to TIPC, weaving through the programme and providing a space for researchers and practitioners to drive transformative change. Our learning activities help to mobilise co-created knowledge into practice, embedding the TIP approach in participating organisations and supporting efforts to build a transnational community of practice.

TIPC learning activities are designed to:

  • underpin the implementation of TIP theory and methodologies in-country, drawing on insights from policy design and evaluation,
  • generate new knowledge and insights into how we learn from experimentation,
  • contribute to the development of the Mobile Transformative Innovation Lab through the investigation of tools, and development of competencies and mindsets,
  • facilitate the transfer of co-created knowledge across policy contexts,
  • support the formation of global and regional networks of TIP practitioners and demonstrators.

Learning principles

For TIPC, learning is a collaborative process between researchers and practitioners working as equal partners and depending on mutual commitment.

Transformation requires experimentation, out-of-the ordinary actions and an open mind. It is a learning process for everyone involved, including the TIPC team.

Learning involves the whole person. Individual values and lived experience play critical roles in understanding and delivering transformative change.

Year 3 structure and content

This year, our learning programme will focus on:

  • drawing on ‘live’ experimentation in various policy contexts,
  • prompting deeper, second order learning, to support practitioners in testing and challenging their experiential learning and utilising TIPC experimentation as systems for learning how to learn and ‘unlearn’ and
  • establishing network platforms for practitioners engaged in transformative change.

To accommodate a range of participants with different levels of familiarity to TIPC theories, tools and methodologies, we have developed a staged approach to learning and capacity building.

These three stages will address the elements in the diagram. Each part involves learning and co-creation between researchers and policy practitioners.

Our Mobile Transformative Innovation Lab will interact with each element as a platform for transferring learning across the consortium, and the development of tools, competencies and mindsets to help members re-orient ways of working towards transformative change.

Recent learning and engagement highlights

MAR 2020                   Theory of Change Workshop (Sweden)

NOV 2019                    TIPC Conference and Engagement Week (Spain)

OCT 2019                     South African Transformative Innovation Learning Journey (South Africa)

APR-NOV 2019              Transformative Innovation Learning Journey (UK/Global)

JUL 2019                      TIP Africa Hub Transnational Workshop (Senegal)


Learning contacts

TIPC learning leads are:

TIPC also works in partnership with the EIT Climate-KIC Transitions Hub. on learning and capacity building. The Transitions Hub is an in-house lab unit for knowledge development established in Brussels in 2015, which enables science-policy-practice interface on system thinking and transitions.


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


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