The SIHI Network supports research in social innovation in health. Various practical guidance’s have been developed to share our lessons on identifying social innovations in health. In 2019, a new guidance on research for social innovators will be released.
Crowdsourcing tools, such as challenge contests, are increasingly used to improve public health. Crowdsourcing is the process of having a large group, including experts and non-experts, solve a problem and then share the solution with the public. This guide provides practical advice on designing, implementing and evaluating crowdsourcing activities for health and health research – with descriptions and examples of contests collected through a challenge contest.
The guide includes:
• descriptions of and methods for challenge contests for health and health research;
• how to organize and evaluate contests;
• practical resources, such as a challenge contest checklist;
• case studies; and,
• a table of commended challenge contests for health submitted through the report’s challenge contest in 2017
This guide was developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a tool to assist the social innovation hubs to launch their first open innovation call. We present practical step-by-step advice on how to undertake an innovation call for the purpose of identifying existing citizen-based social innovations in their countries. This guide will assist you from start to finish. This guidance has been used by SIHI partners in Malawi, Uganda, the Philippines and Colombia.