UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Fieldwork: Policy tools in action

Applying new ideas in dynamic organisations that are tackling the challenges of the 21st century.

MOIN launch

As part of the final project, students can undertake a placement at one of UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)'s partnership organisation, such as those in our Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN). MOIN brings together over 30 public organisations around the world, from state investment banks, innovation agencies, strategic design units in cities, and other public organisations with that are engaged in cutting-edge policy-making.

MOIN is instrumental to the Master of Public Administration (MPA): Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value programme and also provides a key resource for surveys and field work, as well as partners for your final projects and placement.

Students will also benefit from seeing first-hand the impact of the ideas presented in the modules. IIPP is having a global impact on policies through its Commission on Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), its work with the European Commission horizon programme, and our work with designing new institutions like public banks.

You will learn how organisations can use innovation and systems change to tackle 21st century challenges, including: how to create and articulate a sense of shared public purpose both within and between organisations; how to manage complex relationships with multiple stakeholders; and how to evaluate activities using dynamic metrics that capture the market co-creation process, going beyond static cost-benefit frameworks.