Once an organization finds something that works, a solution that is impactful, you invest into it. Make it more effective. Make it more efficient. Refine the systems. Increase the resources dedicated towards that solution. Hire more people. Hire people with more experience and training. Scale the solution and maximize the total value of the impact it can generate.
This is about incremental innovation, sometimes referred to as first horizon innovation. And it is mission critical that organizations do this. If we only ran pilots, we'd be nowhere, so we invest in and improve what we know what works.
However, context changes. Challenges change. What change agents hope for, aspire to changes. A given impact model assumes a static context. Therefore, particularly in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world, we need to discover entirely new models to deliver impact. This is why CARE created an innovation team – to conduct exploration to identify entirely new models of generating impact to meet the present and future needs and hopes of primary change agents.
Healthy and thriving organizations consistently explore new models as a means for the organization’s future survival while also relentlessly improving the way they execute current models.
Today, innovation happens at CARE but it happens by accident. One of the most striking revelations from the 2016 CARE Culture survey which had over 2,200 respondents: 85% of respondents say they have transformational new ideas to advance our mission but only 15% believe we have the infrastructure to bring them to life.