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ERIC Number: ED522064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 77
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting and Scaling Change: Lessons from the First Round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program
Smith, Kim; Petersen, Julie
Bellwether Education Partners
It is widely acknowledged that innovation will be necessary to dramatically improve public services in America. But innovation in the public sector doesn't happen in a vacuum; innovation happens at the nexus of policy, research, capital, and practice. This project looks at one case study--education--by analyzing some of the key aspects of an emerging ecosystem for innovation in public education in the US, including the flow of investment capital for such efforts, the uptake of innovations by buyers and users, federal efforts to stimulate and scale innovation, and ways that technology could facilitate innovation investment and practice. Drawing on surveys, interviews, and working groups, the project highlights recent efforts to fuel and steer more innovation, and frames the remaining challenges that lie ahead for the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. This project culminates in an analysis of the lessons and insights drawn from the recent experience of US public education in comparison to the way leaders are using innovation to address similar intractable social problems in other fields and in other countries. (Contains 10 figures and 53 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation
Authoring Institution: Bellwether Education Partners
Identifiers - Location: United States