Other Policy Resources

A laboratory for policy experimentation: Innovation Growth Lab (IGL)

Startup Nations and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) have partnered with the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) - a global laboratory for innovation and growth policy, bringing together governments, researchers and foundations to trial new approaches to increase innovation, accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship and support business growth.

In 2018, IGL has led discussions on mission-driven challenge-based policies, testbeds and anticipatory regulation, as well as novel approaches to design better policy, such as using big data, simulation and policy experiments.

For more information, visit innovationgrowthlab.org.

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The Public Policy Lean Canvas 

The Public Policy Lean Canvas, or Lean Policy Canvas for short, is a tool that applies Lean Startup thinking to Public Policy development.  Startup Nations members have used this tool to identify assumptions about their policy ideas, and then validate them with ecosystem stakeholders, particularly as a key tool for teams of the Startup Nations Policy Hack.

The Policy Lean Canvas walks its users through the key factors of policy design in the following order:

  1. Problem / Opportunity: What is the problem this policy instrument is trying to solve?
  2. Beneficiaries: Who would benefit from this policy? How? Who are the other people affected, positively or negatively from the policy?
  3. Impact: What is the main impact you’re trying to achieve? What are the key metrics to measure that impact? What will success look like?
  4. Interventions: After outlining what the problem is, who has that problem, and the main desired, the canvas will ask users to outline the policy interventions.  How will they work? What are some of the risks associated with the interventions?
  5. Partners: How will the policymaker(s) deliver this policy? Will it be done directly? If using intermediaries, how they be engaged? How will the policy 'interention' be rolled out?
  6. Costs and resources required: What are the cost structures associated with the proposed interventions? Are there non-financial costs that need to be considered?
  7. Revenues and other benefits: Will the interventions generate revenue? For whom? Are there other non-financial benefits?

The canvas is available in several languages, and can be downloaded by visiting leanpolicy.org