The Innovation Audit Big Picture 2016


Bond, Inventium

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This report provides an insight into the innovation performance across the Bond network of international NGOs (INGOs), based on survey findings from 62 member organisations.

Each participating organisation undertook an online audit of staff perceptions during May 2016 which explored how well innovation is embedded and supported against nine key drivers.

Key findings

  • Overall scores from the 62 participating organisations indicate that the group is in the early stages of its innovation journey, with significant consolidation and improvement still needed on the most basic foundational level innovation drivers.
  • The strongest drivers of innovation within the group at present are climate (staff perceptions of organisational culture) and capability (staff perceptions of their skills and ability to innovate). Despite this, just 14% of staff reported having received formal innovation training.
  • There was no obvious correlation between organisational size (as measured by annual expenditure) and perceptions of innovation capability, somewhat debunking the myth that smaller organisations are more innovative.
  • The results do indicate a correlation between levels of restricted income and perceptions of innovation performance. INGOs with less than 40% restricted income scored more highly than sector average on all innovation drivers, while INGOs with more than 60% restricted income scored below sector average on a majority of innovation drivers.
  • Key opportunities for INGOs to improve their innovation performance lie with more directed and purposeful support for innovation, including creating a robust and structured innovation process and ensuring there is alignment between innovation and strategy.
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