An opportunity exists for universities and colleges to complement their core teaching and research functions by using the many resources at their disposal to better address community needs and increase wellbeing. As schools start down this path, however, they encounter internal cultural and structural barriers.
Recognizing this, RECODE and UpSocial undertook a global scan to search for innovative responses to these challenges. The aim was to surface examples from organizations that had transformed their internal practices, and in so doing, created enabling conditions for increasing social impact.
Stage 1: Defining the scope of the research: The scope and desired outcomes of the project are neatly documented in this Challenge Brief
Stage 2: Global scan, then shortlisting of innovative projects with proven results
See UpSocial’s methodology here
Stage 3: Assessment of Innovations by Canadian Stakeholders
In the fall of 2018, a diverse group of stakeholders met to evaluate the projects that had the most potential for scaling to Canada. Final selections outlined in the UpSocial Report Public
Stage 4: Scaling and Adaptation of Innovations to Canadian Context