R&D is the upfront work to:
- Uncover new knowledge
- Use that knowledge to conceive strong ideas
- Strengthen and bring those ideas to life to the point where their merits/weaknesses can be adequately understood and tested
Essentially, it’s the messy yet disciplined work that will get you the essential features and functions of a Netflix when the only model that anyone thinks is relevant is a Blockbuster.
With R&D, an organization is well placed to decide which solution opportunities are worth bringing into a full development and roll-out cycle.
Some tools to help you strengthen your R&D craft:
Patterns for Social R&D v1.0
This document captures common ingredients across a range of research and development activities being led by social purpose organizations. These ‘practices’ and ‘patterns’ of Social R&D in action will give practitioners and the sector a point of reference to share and discuss insights emerging from R&D portfolios across a range of methods and contexts.
Social R&D Support Inventory
For social mission organizations looking to grow their R&D capacity, here’s an early inventory of currently available supports that could be relevant for a range of research and development activities. (The inventory is coded by the key practices noted in Practices for Social R&D v1.0.)