Social Innovation Approaches

Evaluating Social Innovation Prototypes:
A Guide

This Guide is for social innovators, and their supporting facilitators and evaluators, who want to make more effective use of prototypes in order to address complex social challenges.

A growing number of resources explain how to facilitate the experimental process of prototyping. Even more resources offer guidance on how to evaluate and learn from policy, programs and other interventions. However, very few resources show how to test and learn from prototypes.

The Guide offers a framework – not a recipe – to fill the gap. People will find this resource most useful if they treat it like a true ‘guide’ and adapt its ideas, steps and tools to the specific context in which they are working.

Watch the recording of the Evaluating Social Innovation Prototypes webinar to learn more.

Centering equity and diversity in social innovation and systemic design achieves better-fit solutions that lead to lasting change. 

Social Innovation Canada (SI Canada) was pleased to host an engaging session at RSD12 Symposium with a vibrant panel of seasoned social innovators as they shared their insights and experience shifting mindsets and applying approaches that incorporate diverse knowledge and lived experience. Through their diverse narratives, the session will delved deep into the core of these essential topics and provide practical takeaways to foster sustainable and meaningful change. 

Book cover with title and subtext: Fostering a Canadian Ecosystem for Systems Change.

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) came together to serve people and communities; to support those working collaboratively to transform the very way society works and make it more inclusive, sustainable, just and well. For SiG, this meant understanding and nurturing the conditions across sectors and across the country for social innovations to scale, endure, and have impact.

SI Canada was born at the conclusion of SiG, not just to build on the work, but to continue to support social innovation practitioners. We hope you find this resource useful.