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Transformers: how local areas innovate to address changing social needs

Author: Julie Caulier Grice
Published Date: 23 February 2008

The ability of local areas to innovate is unevenly spread. This report investigates why some places innovate more effectively to meet social needs than others. It is based on a series of case studies – in the UK and internationally – which explore how cities and localities have thrived, or reversed their decline, by finding new ways of tackling problems.


The case studies in this report looked in detail at very diverse places. The report finds conclusive evidence that innovative capacity can be nurtured, even in unpromising circumstances. The report also draws from some common lessons about the importance of facing up to problems and underperformance; the role of leadership and organisational cultures; and, crucially, the structure of networks within the public sector and across organisational boundaries.


Please click here to download a copy of the interim report, 'Making the most of local innovations'.


You can download a copy of the final report'Transformers: how local areas innovate to address changing social needs' here.


This paper was funded by NESTA.