Summary of publication
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) created the innovationXchange (iXc) in 2015. The first three years of implementation (March 2015 – June 2018) were a period of growth and learning which focused on establishing the iXc, building partnerships, and sourcing and testing promising innovations. Over the course of 2018, Results for Development (R4D) carried out an analysis of the iXc with a focus on gathering lessons learned to inform the development and implementation of the DFAT Innovation Strategy for 2018-2021, which addresses many of the recommendations made in this review. The findings and reflections outlined below, which are structured around nine key themes, are based on data collected through desk research, document review, interviews and focus groups with different stakeholders within and external to DFAT. Throughout the report, references are made to examples of programs and projects supported by the iXc; brief background on each of these initiatives is provided for reference on the final page, along with links to further information.