Public education systems around the world are struggling to find their way to innovate. Top-Down reforms have failed to achieve the needed transformation. Mifras has created and successfully implemented an innovative model to transfer schools into hubs of educational innovation. With a focus on supporting school administrators to establish an intrapreneurial culture and ensure sustainability of innovation developed for continued creation of relevant education ventures at their schools.
USE-IT!, Unlocking Social & Economic Innovation Together!, is a whole neighbourhood approach to addressing urban poverty.
It innovates by building bridges between the places, the people, the public sector, the private sector and civic society partners in a community so they can co-produce solutions to poverty that unlock opportunities and that fits their needs.
By doing this, USE-IT! works by respecting what is already there in a community rather than by assuming what needs to change.
The project was inspired by the need to promote coding in Greek primary education. It fostered the exploration of the actual use of digital technologies in the Schools, the way new technologies could transform School classrooms into real labs and the level of impact in the improvement of the digital skills of teachers and pupils.
The South Holland provincial authority is looking for ways to make the energy transition towards carbon neutrality a standard consideration in all its infrastructure management and maintenance activities. The province wants innovation to be a structural part of these activities, which has already produced the ‘N211 generates energy’ and ‘N470 generates energy’ projects.
DASA finds and exploits innovations which support the defense and security of the UK to help protect our people against our adversaries, faster and more effectively whilst generating economic value for the UK. We help businesses to grow and become successful. We provide funding and other support, helping people to access end-users, develop and test their products and linking our partners together.
The CRA undertook an ethnographic project focused on the tax filing experiences of the homeless and housing insecure. Researchers worked directly with persons from these populations to gain insight into barriers to accessing tax benefits. The project will improve services to vulnerable Canadians to enhance their standard of living, and underscores the value of innovative qualitative research.
For the first time in Ireland, the State Laboratory have developed and implemented an analytical strategy allowing postmortem forensic toxicology samples to be screened for previously 'invisible' designer drugs outside the traditional scope of testing. This project has supported the Irish Coroners service in solving death investigations that previously could not have been satisfactorily concluded.
Sustainability bond with impact-linked return (SBIR) is an innovative funding model to unlock social impact investing which advances the potential to drive public sector change and to attract a broader range of investors, while also financing social infrastructure. The overall goal is to expand investor base for impact investing and build public sector capacity to tackle various social challenges.
The Data Science Campus vision is data science for public good. Our goals are to explore new data sources, perform cutting-edge research with new-generation tools and technology, and build data science capability across government. This will enable the UK to grasp the transformational opportunities offered by data science, inform our understanding of the UK, and support better decision-making.
SKYrooms is a network of spaces that enable effective collaboration across sectors to inspire breakthrough innovation. The prototype, which overlooks Big Ben, was developed with IDEO and the Royal College of Art. It celebrates both historic architecture and cutting edge technology, using design to signal new ways of working, new permissions and embed an innovation culture.