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 TIP Resource 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.
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.
Structure and content
TIPC’s learning programme currently focuses 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, including the Open Learning Series and TIP Resource Lab series.
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.
TIPC learning leads are:
- Victoria Shaw, Programme Director, based at Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School
- Ed Steinmueller, Professor of Information and Communication Technology Policy, based at Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School
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.