Innovation Projects & Partnerships
Lessons in innovation, evidence generation, and capacity building through future-focused partnerships
As a pan-Canadian organization, we are dedicated to creating a future in which everyone has life-long access to high-quality career advice and learning opportunities. With our partners, we test and measure novel approaches to skills development and training to learn what works, for whom and in what context. The insights we glean and share from the innovation projects help inform skills practitioners, policy makers, employers and workers on how labour market trends and cutting-edge practices are impacting the economy of today and for the future.
We are dedicated to helping workers in Canada make informed decisions about their employment pathways, ensuring they have an opportunity to contribute to and benefit from our shared prosperity. That is why we are committed to an inclusive approach with an emphasis on addressing systemic barriers and engaging Indigenous Peoples and underrepresented groups such as newcomers, Black and other racialized communities, women, youth, 2SLGBTQ+ people, persons with disabilities, veterans, and those living in rural, remote and Northern communities.
Our evaluation approach
We work closely with innovation partners to ensure we identify solutions with the most promise and potential to be scaled across Canada to meet the needs of individuals and employers. To do so, we support partners with a range of rigorous evaluation methods to systematically identify hypotheses, challenge assumptions, and assess outcomes.
The Innovation Lab
Dedicated to propelling bold, future-focused ideas, the Innovation Lab works with partners to maximize their effectiveness and uncover solutions in a collaborative, low stakes environment. Our emphasis is on learning through testing and nurturing experimentation to generate those insights. The Lab spearheads two pivotal initiatives: the Accelerator program —which helps teams expand or enhance their project design in a rapid timeframe, and the Incubation Network — which convenes projects that share a common purpose to surface out-of-the ordinary or novel solutions through peer-learning and shared goals.