“Teach For All represents an interesting case of the role of an intermediary organisation spreading an innovation across national boundaries. It highlights key issues around the trade-offs between control and flexibility for localised innovation as well as how a central idea can give rise to different adaptations.”
Teach For All has recently been profiled in a Case Study on Social Innovation authored by The Young Foundation and published by the European Commission funded TEPSIE project. The case study examines the growth of individual innovations, including Teach For All’s global network model and emphasis on fostering of adaptation and innovation at the partner organization level.
In a blog post highlighting the case study published earlier this summer, European Social Innovation Research emphasized the unique benefits of the network’s adaptive approach:
“This example raises interesting questions about innovation, adaptation and replication. In this case, adaptations are not just features that enable an innovation to fit into a new context. They add value and change the nature of the original innovation as well, often adding richness and depth that could not have emerged had the innovation stayed the same.”
Read the complete report and European Social Innovation Research’s blog post featuring Teach For All to learn more about our global network approach and the case study’s insights into our network’s progress to date.
European Social Innovation Research brings together research on social innovation, social enterprise and public sector innovation. It has been developed and funded through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission. The TEPSIE project is a research collaboration between six European institutions which aims to understand the theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for developing the field of social innovation in Europe.