The Nesta standards of evidence were developed to help bring academic rigour to deciding which innovations to invest in for social good.
The standards start at level 1 meaning the innovation can clearly articulate why a product or service could have a positive impact. As the levels are progressed it will be expected that data is collected to isolate the impact of the product or service an show causality, so that by level 5 there is demonstrable evidence that the product or service can be delivered at multiple locations and still deliver a strong, positive benefit.
Whilst we are not looking to invest in the innovations captured in the living map, we thought it would be useful to categorise them all by ‘evidence level’. It’s a useful prompt to us all in the sector that we need to get better at explaining our innovation’s theory of change and where possible demonstrating causality.
Search by evidence standard
Click to see all examples that are Level 1 standard (can describe benefits of the innovation)
Click to see all examples that are Level 2 standard (can show benefits of the innovation)
Click to see all examples that are Level 3 standard (can show causality of the innovation)
Click to see all examples that are Level 4 standard (have a replication strategy)
Click to see all examples that are Level 5 standard (have independent replication evaluation)