Putting R&D into Play

You’ve made the case for R&D — now it's time to implement

Why It Matters

Research and development is gaining traction as an essential capability in the social sector. There are the whys of R&D and there are the hows. Once you’ve gotten past all the buzzwords and buy-in, you need to know what it really means to put R&D into play.

So, you’ve made the case for research and development in your organization. Now that your core team has an openness to get going, how do you put things in play?

Here are some responses to perennial questions that arise.

Do We Rely on Internal Capacity or Outside Capacity?

Both. You need thoughtful implementation from Day 1 in order to demonstrate value early on.

It also sets the tone for what strong R&D could look like.

This means that you’ll have to rely on expert practitioners that you probably don’t have in-house.

However, in order for your R&D function to thrive and enhance your programs, products, and services, you need to push your organization toward being more curious, experimental, evidence-driven, and agile.

A learn-by-doing approa

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