Social R&D

Across Canada, community leaders and innovators are using approaches from Research & Development (R&D) to better understand and address social issues in their communities. It is a diverse community with practitioners coming from all sectors.

Using techniques such as prototyping, human-centered design, social labs, data measurement, and ethnography, practitioners are testing new ideas, creating new evidence of what’s working and what isn’t, and sharing these approaches with each other so that we can develop together and scale. 

Since 2015, the Canadian Social R&D have gathered in various ways to share learning and design better practices. We have collated their various reports, guides and cases here for easy access. If there is a case or resource you would like added, please reach out.

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R&D is a relationship between multiple interconnected practices. It can uncover new knowledge and generate solutions that are radically more efficient and/or effective than current approaches. Here are our top websites and reports for learning more about Canadian Social R&D.

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Our History

Since 2015, the Social R&D Community of Practice has been advancing the adoption and visibility of social R&D in Canada and internationally.

The McConnell Foundation and Social Innovation Generation began this work by issuing a number of important foundational reports that have demonstrated why social purpose organizations also need to invest in our own capacity to experiment.

Learn about the Declaration of Action, Getting to Moonshot and other key milestones.