This new report summarizes the results of a Mitacs sponsored study by the Social R&D Fellowship and McGill University to generate new evidence towards growing capacity for research and development (R&D) within social purpose organizations.
The study included four streams:
- a scan of the literature and existing capacity building supports,
- a needs survey,
- structured interviews with existing R&D capacity builders, and
- field observations.
The results are compelling: from uncovering a wave of “Social R&D” policy and funding measures by the US gov in the 60s that lead to some significant advancements in educational outcomes, to exposing the limits of R&D work without complementary change management capabilities, to clarifying what funding models are needed to grow Social R&D in Canada at scale.
The hope is that this new evidence will empower capacity builders across the country to better support their partners’ efforts to uncover and develop breakthrough solutions.