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Innovation Projects

Testing Primary Innovation in action

Separate innovation networks have been formed to address six key problems that have been identified in the primary industries: dairy reproductive performance, potato crop pest management, forestry links to market and water management.

Co-innovation principles will be applied in each of the cases (Innovation Projects and Ex-post Case Studies) as well as being principles against which activities in each of the cases will be evaluated. Cross-case comparisons will also be used to identify factors in the wider innovation system, which influence the application of co-innovation principles.

Innovation Projects

At the start of the Primary Innovation programme on-going, or recently started, projects were identified as ‘live’ case studies, also called innovation projects. These innovation projects use and test the lessons learned from the ex-post case studies, as well as other insights of the Primary Innovation programme. The purpose of the innovation projects is to:
  • Apply the co-innovation principles and practices
  • Implement the lessons learned from the ex-post case studies
  • Evaluate if co-innovation contributed to desired outcomes for stakeholders
  • Identify systemic barriers to co-innovation – roles, interactions, policies and infrastructure.

The Community of Practice will help to evaluate the innovation projects by identifying barriers to and opportunities for successful innovation based on their own experience. Following this evaluation and by drawing on their own successes, the members then guide the implementation of these learnings with the research team, in the five on-going innovation projects in which co-innovation is being tested. 

Innovation Projects:

Ex-post Case Studies

During the first two years of the Primary Innovation programme four finished projects were used as ex-post case studies to:

  • Identify the application of co-innovation principles and practices
  • Evaluate if co-innovation contributed to desired outcomes for stakeholders
  • Identify systemic barriers to co-innovation – roles, interactions, policies and infrastructure.

Although these case studies did not take a co-innovation approach in their projects, elements of co-innovation were present, therefore allowing the case studies to be studied and compared by taking a co-innovation ‘view’.

The Community of Practice will help to evaluate the four past case studies by identifying barriers to and opportunities for successful innovation based on their own experience. Following this evaluation and by drawing on their own successes, the members then guide the implementation of these learnings with the research team, in the five on-going innovation projects in which co-innovation is being tested. 

Ex-post Case Studies:

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