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Social Innovation Micro-Tools

Innoweave's nine modules are designed to help organizations implement new approaches that directly enhance their outcomes and advance their mission. Additionally, Innoweave is collecting and curating a selection of micro-tools - quick exercises that can foster social innovation. Innoweave micro-tools are being sourced and adapted from the very best resources around the world. Many of them have been drawn from the DIY Toolkit, created by Nesta and the Rockefeller Foundation. They can be used as standalone exercises or as part of working through a module and implementing a new approach. Most micro-tools have both a generic version and specific  versions customized for individual modules. Each micro-tool contains one page of background and instructions, and a one page worksheet. Most are designed to be completed in under an hour. 

The following micro-tools are available for download and use (please click on the micro-tool name to open or close its section and see different customized versions):
  • Business Model Canvas: Create a plan to advance your goal

    Use this tool to understand the different elements that must go into creating a successful plan to advance your goals, so that you can better align your operating model and activities. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for basic outlines of business models. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise business models. Download here
         3. A version for Constructive Engagement plans. Download here

  • Connections Map: Understand how stakeholders relate to each other

    Use this tool to visualize the different types and levels of stakeholders you work with, so that you can better focus efforts in key areas.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • Experience Map: Understand how stakeholders relate to you

    Use this tool to create an overview of how stakeholders experience their relationship with you, so that you can better plan your outreach and relationship building efforts to serve your mission. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for stakeholder experience. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise customer experience. Download here
         3. A version for use during Developmental Evaluation. Download here

  • Learning Loop: Plan to achieve your impact by learning as you go

    Use this framework to help identify how your actions are contributing to achieving impact, so that you can better incorporate new learnings into your ongoing activities and plans.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • Partnerships Map: Plan and assess your partnerships

    Use this tool to understand how partnerships form and grow, so that you can better plan your partnerships to serve your mission, and so you can analyse the effectiveness of your partnerships in meeting this goal. There are two versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for partnership development. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise partnerships. Download here

  • Problem Definition: Focus on the issues most critical to your mission

    Use this tool to identify core problems that represent a challenge or obstacle to achieving your mission, so that you can better adapt to the issues you face. There are two versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for basic problem definition. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise opportunity identification. Download here

  • Promises and Potential Map: Define how your offering is something NEW

    Use this tool to clearly define and articulate the added value of your work – i.e. how what you do that is new, and how it serves an unmet need - so that you can better articulate this value to your stakeholders in support of your mission.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • Root Causes Diagram: Break down a complex problem and clarify your priorities

    Use this tool to understand and explore the root causes of problems in a structured and thorough manner, so that you can better plan for means to address these challenges through your activities.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • Stakeholder Visualization: Understand the people with a stake in your issue

    Use this tool to explore the perspectives of different people you work with, or who have an important voice on your issue, so that you can better engage them or address their needs. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for all types of stakeholders. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise customer visualization. Download here
         3. A version for Constructive Engagement target visualization. Download here

  • SWOT analysis: Understand where you are and where you might go

    Use this tool to understand the key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for a particular project or organization, so that you can better understand the path to achieving your goal. There are two versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for SWOT analysis. Download here
         2. A version for Constructive Engagement plans. Download here

  • Target Group: Know who you need to reach

    Use this tool to better understand the profile of different groups that you reach through your work, so that you can better align your activities to meet their needs. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for all types of target groups. Download here
         2. A version for Social Enterprise customer target groups. Download here
         3. A version for groups targeted through Collective Impact initiatives. Download here

  • Theory of Change: Align your activities with your desired impact

    Use this tool to examine the activities you undertake and how these relate to your mission goals, so that you can articulate the best means of achieving your intended impacts and align activities to achieve it.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • Thinking Hats: Generate new ideas

    Use this tool to help your team generate and discuss new ideas so that you can see challenges from different perspectives and get creative with your responses.
         1. A generic version of this micro-tool is available. Download here

  • User Experience: Get first-hand perspectives on your activities

    Use this tool to facilitate a discussion with a user of your service/activities, so that you can incorporate their first-hand experience into your efforts to enhance your impact. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for all types of users. Download here
         2. A version for users of an activity undergoing Scaling Impact. Download here
         3. A version for users of an activity undergoing Developmental Evaluation
         Download here

  • Value Mapping: Know your core values

    Use this tool to put forward, analyse and discuss your organization's shared values, so that you can better incorporate these values into your work, and generate new ideas. There are three versions of this micro-tool:
         1. A generic version for value mapping. Download here
         2. A version for collaboratives to use for Collective Impact initiatives. Download here
         3. A version for use during Developmental Evaluation. Download here