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.

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

SEP 2021                      Nordic Learning Event: Futures Literacy in Transformative Innovation Policy

JUN 2021                      Theories of Change for Transformative Innovation Policy (Recording)

                                  Playing your way into Transformative System Change: A Gamification Approach to Socio-technical Systems

                                  From Moonshots to Transformations: the new generation of Transformative ‘Mission- oriented’ Innovation Policies (Recording)

                                  A Formative Approach to the Evaluation of Transformative Innovation Policies (Recording)

NOV 2020                    TIPC Global Learning Event (Online)

NOV 2020                    Latin American and Caribbean Hub Learning Week (Online)

OCT 2020                    TIP Africa Forum (Online)

SEP 2020                     Policy Experimentation for Transformative Change in the Nordic Region (Online)

AUG 2020                    Being a Transformation Agent in Practice: Developing a Transformative Theory of Change to Reach Sustainable Systems (Online)

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.