Resource Library

At IDIN, we’re all about learning, especially when it’s hands-on. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources, many of which are used at our trainings and summits around the world.

Handbook for Biomass Cookstove Research, Design, and Development

  • How-to

This handbook presents insights and methodologies from recent biomass cookstove R&D programs at multiple institutions to achieve higher performance, lower cost, and improved usability. This handbook will help cookstove designers and enterprises to integrate the latest R&D innovations into their products and support further innovation.

This handbook was written by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology D-Lab, led by Dan Sweeney, with research and editorial support from Megha Hegde, Kendra Leith and Amy Smith, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. This was inspired by their work with small- and medium-scale cookstove and fuel manufacturers, including at the International Development Design Summit for Cookstoves in East Africa in 2017. Participants used design thinking and cookstove R&D to develop creative solutions to challenging problems in household and commercial cooking in the region.

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The Metrics Café

  • How-to

Funders need impact metrics. Grantees do, too. So who decides what gets measured?

Because funders’ and grantees’ measurement needs clash, they wind up with reporting systems that serve neither. This framework can help reconcile their needs, turning a tangle of metrics into genuine learning.

We explore four models:

  • Prix Fixe: All grantees report on same set of metrics.
  • A La Carte: Grantees choose from a menu of standard metrics.
  • Made-to-Order: Funder and grantee work together to come up with a set of metrics.
  • Bring your Own Lunch: Grantees come with their own metrics.

The framework presents pros, cons, implications and recommendations for each model. Drawing on cases from Root Capital, Development Innovation Ventures at USAID, Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, and the Autodesk Foundation, this framework can help funders decide what model is right for them.

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IDIN Chapter Funding Application

  • How-to

This document explains how to apply for funding to support activites organized by an IDIN local chapter. 

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IDIN Chapter Activity Ideas

  • How-to

This document gives IDIN local chapters ideas for organizing and hosting different events on local innovation and design. 

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IDIN Maker Space Ideas

  • How-to

This document provides guidance on how to start a maker or innovation space. 

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IDIN Innovation Center Tips to Engage Community Members

  • How-to

This document gives Innovation Centers in the IDIN Network ideas on how to engage local community members in their activities and trainings. 

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Build-It: Battery-Operated Wood Block Phone Charger

  • How-to

This Build-It describes the tools and processes needed to build a battery-operated wood block phone charger.

Build-Its are curriculum designed to help experienced designers guide potential innovators through a design process and help familiarize new innovators with tools. All Builds-Its are a work-in-progress. Please master the Build-It individually before leading a larger group.

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Assembly Traders as Supply Chain Integrators for Smallholder Farmers

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This report summarizes the research of 2016 IDIN Summer Research Fellows Kate Collins and Bar Pereg, who conducted research on the role of assembly traders in the value chains for smallholder maize production in Uganda.  This report identifies three key barriers that currently prevent smallscale agregators from playing a more beneficial role in the supply chain and also identifies several promising and innovative local initiatives that are piloting solutions to the key challenges identified. 

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Mobility App and Citizens: Views from Jakarta

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This report shares the research of IDIN Summer Research Fellow Ying Gao, who conducted research on innovations in informal urban transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia. She investigated how the introduction of a novel ride-hailing app for informal transit services was impacting various stakeholders in the system, while also mapping out these stakeholders, their relationships to one another, and their roles within the complex system of urban transportation provision. 

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Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies

  • Research

This paper shares findings and insights from across IDIN's research program. The paper introduces and clarifies the concept of local innovation and shares two key pathways through which local innovation contributes to local development in the contexts that were included in the research.

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