IDIA Insights
Scaling and Measuring the Impact of Innovation


The International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) is an informal platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration around development innovation. Established in 2015, it brings together the following entities (including bilateral and multilateral agencies, innovation platforms and private foundations), with a shared mission to actively promote and advance innovation as a means to help achieve sustainable development, including through the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  

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A key contribution IDIA seeks to make is to enhance the global evidence base and build understanding of the role of innovation within international development. To do this, IDIA establishes Working Groups that bring together experts from within and beyond IDIA member agencies to collaboratively develop common platforms for supporting innovation from idea to scale, shared learning and improved impact measurement.

The insights on scaling and measuring the impact of innovation captured in these reports represent the culmination of a year-long review and synthesis of learning across a number of IDIA Working Groups, and comprise some of the global public goods produced through the IDIA platform that are intended to further build the learning and experience of development agencies both within and beyond IDIA. 

Insights on Scaling Innovation 

  • A categorization of six key Scaling Stages synthesised from leading development innovation funders

  • Eight Good Practices for development innovation funders to maximise the impact of their support in scaling innovations

  • A Matrix of the main factors influencing the successful scaling of an innovation that funders should be aware of, including those that relate to the innovators they are supporting and those in the external environment


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Scaling Innovation - Good Practice Guide 

  • A detailed guide to eight Good Practices for funders that experience has shown will enhance their ability to support the successful scaling of innovations

  • Links to a range of quality, contemporary resources that will help funders implement each Good Practice

  • Valuable empirical insights direct from leading developing funders – the tips and tricks they have learned along the scaling pathway


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Insights on Measuring the Impact of Innovation

  • A simple yet comprehensive architecture for measuring the impact of innovation

  • A discussion of the main challenges around measuring the impact of innovation that funders will typically face

  • A detailed case study from Grand Challenges Canada around how to model the potential future impact of an innovation to help inform better selection and decision-making


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