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The innovation journey





The innovation journey goes from identifying opportunities for an innovation, coming up with ideas, prototyping and testing, right through to implementing your innovation in real-world settings and scaling to achieve system-wide impact.

The image above shows this broken down into four main phases of the innovation journey: invention, innovation, improvement and impact. Click through to each title to find resources for that phase.


Invention: identifying problems, challenges and opportunities, and reviewing data and research. If you’re at this stage you’ll be generating ideas or refreshing old ones, and selecting ideas for testing. See resources to support invention >

Innovation: developing your innovation, and experimenting, prototyping and testing to make a business case for your idea. See resources to support innovation >

Improvement: using quality improvement (QI) methods or tools to engage local stakeholders and implement your idea into current practice. If successful, this will lead to growing and scaling your idea for other sites. See resources to support improvement >

Impact: the impact phase comes through changing systems. At this stage, you will be disseminating your innovation to support wider spread for system-wide benefit. See resources to support impact >


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