Analysis: Mission-Oriented Innovation14. Feb 2022
Dive into our new survey with +200 answers on mission-oriented innovation. The insights help us understand an emerging field in constant movement – and point us in the direction of how we might succeed
The survey aims to understand ongoing missions practices, challenges, and areas for further development of the international community of practice. Here on out, we define missions as initiatives that address grand societal challenges that are cross-sectoral, ambitious, and measurable.
Mission-oriented innovation establishes a clear outcome towards the societal challenges and an overarching objective for achieving a specific mission (e.g., setting clear goals and roadmaps towards carbon neutrality or approaching the system differently to radical change mental health for young people). Singular, unconnected interventions (e.g., challenges prizes, generally applied research) are not considered missions, while they may contribute to mission-oriented innovation portfolios aiming to achieve the mission.
The essence of the survey results and data analysis are summarized in the report (download below), including the most surprising and important findings.
- 64 % of the respondents are currently involved with a mission or mission-oriented innovation. Of those not now engaged in specific mission work, 50 % are planning to start soon
- Only 25 % of the respondents state that mission work has a clear target
- Only 11 % of the respondents state that the mission has a clear plan and process for monitoring and evaluation
Working with mission-oriented innovation is an emerging field that lacks good practices, tools, and methodologies. Respondents highlight the following challenges
- Aligning resources across government or organizations
- Lack of risk capital and high-risk, high-reward investments
- Lack of targeted resources
- Changing current organizational models
- To have the implementation of the mission fit into current budgeting timelines and structures
- Ensuring coordination between different policy bodies in various policy fields
- Going beyond policy and electoral cycles
- Lack of mission-based portfolio tools
- Lack of evaluation tools (learning and measurement)
- Lack of analytical framework to better understand different types of missions and their respective merits
Building and sustaining the mission roadmap
- Collecting the correct data and insights from the mission portfolio to re-feed to the mission work (e.g., new projects, initiatives, or experiments)
- Balancing both short-term and long-term projects
- Creating agility and adaptability in the portfolio
The most significant risks of possibly failing
- Effect of silos
- Keeping momentum and motivation over time
- Lack of continued support
Download the full report, read more about the methodology behind the survey and dive into more data from the +200 respondents.
Read and use our Mission Playbook on a design-driven approach to launching and driving missions right here. The Playbook is always in beta, as we keep developing our methods and expanding our missions knowledge.
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