Invention is the discovery phase in the innovation journey to help identify problems, challenges and opportunities, and review data and research. If you’re working at this stage of the innovation journey, you’ll be generating ideas or refreshing old ones, and selecting the best ideas for testing.

Creative Problem Solving Toolkit
Our PDF toolkit, accompanied by a selection of eight tools with explanatory videos and guidance notes, talks you through the three steps of the creative problem solving process. Visit our Creative Problem Solving Toolkit.

Generating ideas using TRIZ
Watch our short video on the use the Liberating Structure tool: TRIZ. Triz can facilitate idea generation at the start of your improvement project; flatten hierarchies and give everyone in your team a platform for sharing ideas. Visit the Liberating Structures website for more information, or if you’re a member of the Q Community, why not join the Liberating Structures Special Interest Group?

Communities of practice for idea generation
Communities of practice may help with idea generation. Read our resource summary about communities of practice, and handouts on the different community roles. You can also read Professor Becky Malby’s blog on facilitating communities of practice.

The Innovation Exchange
Our Innovation Exchange provides the support you need at any stage of your innovation. Get access to all our business services in one place as well as local and national funding opportunities. Visit our Innovation Exchange.

Development, Impact and You toolkit
A toolkit created by Nesta on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. All tools are tried and tested. Go to the Development, Impact and You toolkit.

Thinking Differently Guide
A practical introductory guide to thinking differently from NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Read the introduction to find out why thinking differently is more than just the next new buzzword. Go to the Thinking differently guide.

Design thinking poster
A poster that shows the 6-stage process to support innovation development alongside information on the design thinking process. Go to the design thinking poster.