UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


About MOIN

Learn more about the Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN)

UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is excited to host a global network of organisations with the aim of empowering them in the pursuit of public-value driven innovation.

About MOIN

What is MOIN?

  • MOIN brings together leading global policy-making institutions - including state investment banks, innovation agencies, and sectoral units setting the strategic direction of governments - as well as private organisations interested in public purpose, to share the challenges and opportunities they face when trying to create and nurture public value

MOIN’s goals

  • The network is creating and evaluating a new policy-making framework that is able to justify, nurture and evaluate policies that actively shape and create markets - not only ‘fix’ them
  • MOIN provides an organisational dimension to mission-oriented policies, focusing on how public organisations can create and nurture the dynamic capabilities needed for tackling the grand challenges of our time

Key outputs of MOIN

  • The network’s key output will be a peer-learning platform and a new policy toolkit focused on the development of the capabilities needed to nurture collaborations across the economy which can drive innovation across society-wide missions
  • The network’s methodology is based on co-creation between policy actors (MOIN members) and academic research, where policy implementation and capacity is not an afterthought but key to the research process itself

MOIN and the ROAR framework*

  • The network is developed under a new theoretical and practical framework, ROAR, that enables MOIN members to envision, justify, measure and assess public investments
  • The framework gives the network a theoretical and practical anchor that allows it to operationalise concrete activities for mission-oriented organisations

The ROAR framework addresses four essential pillars:


Routes and directions 

This pillar is about 'directionality'. How to overcome the fear of ‘picking winners’, focusing the question not on whether to ‘pick’ but on how to make strategic choices around societal and technological missions, which can ‘tilt’ the playing field around transformative change across many sectors.


Organisational capacity 

How to build the type of public sector institutions that welcome the fundamental uncertainty—and hence risk-taking—inherent in the innovation process—becoming learning institutions. This pillar is about viewing ‘policy as process’ and building learning organisations to engage in that process.

Assesment and evaluation 

How to develop new tools to measure and assess the dynamic impact of different types of public policies that aim to create markets, not only fix them. This pillar is about building a dynamic approach to the assessment of policies to replace, or at times complement, the more static cost-benefit approaches.

Risks and rewards 

How to develop mechanisms so that the public and private sectors share the risks and also the rewards. This pillar is about thinking of ways to allow smart, innovation-led growth to also be inclusive growth.

*The ROAR framework has been developed by Mariana Mazzucato, for further details, see Mazzucato, M. (2016) "From Market Fixing to Market-Creating: A new framework for innovation policy",  Industry and Innovation, and IIPP first working paper Mission Oriented Innovation Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

MOIN supporters

Rockefeller Foundation

Horizon 2020




If you are interested in joining the network, please contact:

Rainer Kattel, Deputy Director at IIPP: 
Email: r.kattel@ucl.ac.uk

Ville Takala, Senior Research Associate at IIPP: 
Email: v.takala@ucl.ac.uk