Towards a framework to guide the evaluation of inclusive innovation systems

Botha, Louisa ; Grobbelaar, Sara ; Bam, Wouter (2016)

CITATION: Botha, L., Grobbelaar, S. & Bam, W. 2016. Towards a framework to guide the evaluation of inclusive innovation systems. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 27(3):64-78, doi:10.7166/27-3-1632.

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Innovation for inclusive development aims not only to produce products and services for ‘base of the pyramid’ (BoP) markets, but also to improve innovative capacity and empower those that form part of the BoP. Although a wide range of actors aim to support innovation for inclusive development, they lack proper methods to assess the impact that these projects have. This paper sets out to identify an appropriate method or approach for evaluating systems change brought about by innovation for inclusive development projects. Based on a systematic literature review, a process-level approach is proposed. This approach is focused on the components within a system and the changes that occur in the system functions.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Inklusiewe innovasie beoog nie net om produkte en dienste aan die basis van die piramide mark te verskaf nie, maar ook om hul te bemagtig en kapasiteit vir innovasie te verhoog. Innovasie rolspelers streef daarna om inklusiewe innovasie te bevorder, maar daar is ’n tekort aan voldoende metodes wat gebruik kan word om die impak van inklusiewe innovasie projekte te evalueer. Die doel van die studie is om ’n toepaslike metode vir die evaluasie van stelsel veranderinge, wat deur inklusiewe innovasie projekte meegebring is, te identifiseer. ’n Proses-vlak metode, wat fokus op die komponente in ’n stelsel en die veranderinge wat plaasvind in die stelsel se funksies, was voorgestel op grond van ’n sistematiese literatuurstudie.

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