Social research & development refers to a variety of organizational practices that systematically generate and use knowledge to develop innovative adaptations and solutions to social problems.
What does Social R&D look like in practice? Establishing a hunch then testing it, conducting research and/or seeking out the latest evidence, prototyping and testing ways to improve or transform programs and/or services, testing the utility of new tools and/or approaches, creating an organizational environment where insights from research and testing influence strategy, etc. – if you are continuously mixing these kinds of habits and practices together, you’re likely practicing R&D.
The study objective is three fold: 1) better understand existing R&D practices and 2) assess the needs of organizations looking to strengthen their R&D practices and 3) uncover models to better support organizations looking to strengthen their R&D practices.
These support models will increase access to the resources, skills, tools and people needed to make the practice of Social R&D more sustainable.
-*Hosted by McConnell and Community Foundations of Canada, the Social R&D Fellowship is an ongoing effort to seed a vibrant ecosystem for R&D across the social impact sector.
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