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This innovation framework provides a way for organizations to identify and advance ideas with the most potential to make an impact. It was developed with particular attention to the University of Minnesota community and with value on transparency and inclusiveness. The framework invites partnership, supports learning and strategic risk-taking, expects ideas to be organic and evolving, and requires intentional evaluation and decision making so that innovative ideas lead to powerful and effective change.
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Does your organization want to cast a wide net for innovative ideas, but aren't sure how to make this happen in an effective manner? The innovation framework can help. It doesn't have all the answers, but it's a great tool for getting the conversation started.
Consider these starting points:
A group of participants in the President’s Emerging Leaders program at the University of Minnesota in 2011-12, partnered with the Office for Equity and Diversity to conceptualize a framework through which the University’s best ideas about advancing equity and diversity could be gathered and evaluated for alignment with strategic goals and viability, improved through experimentation and collaborations, and implemented with sufficient resources.
The final product is a conversation tool that is general enough to apply to units beyond the University's Office for Equity and Diversity. The framework is an entry point for an organization to consider how to implement an innovation process. Organizations identify for themselves what each of the four phases in the process will look like specifically, and what criteria for decision making will get them to their goals.
This innovation framework was developed in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity by Jennifer Bentrim, Rod DeVriendt, Susan Geller, Jean McElvain, Rebecca Noran, and Eric Schnell in spring 2012.
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