Training programs to build capacity for collaborative innovation processes

The EU Horizon 2020 research project „RiConfigure“ investigated what makes collaborative innovation processes between the public sector, industry, academia and civil society successful. Via several social experiments, comparative analysis and dialogue events with innovation practitioners and policy makers, factors that facilitate and hinder collaborative innovations across these four sectors were identified.

Together with the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the University Pompeu Fabra (CSS-UPF, Spain), the LBG OIS Center designed and developed three training programs based on the findings: an Open Online Course („Inviting civil society on stage“), a workshop („How to kick-start a collaboration“) and an intensive course („Tackling grand challenges with collaborative action“).

The courses address actors, managers and representatives of the four sectors who are interested or involved in collaborative innovation processes. They provide tools, methodologies and strategic guidelines to support the design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative innovation across the four sectors. Moreover, the courses provide a platform for networking and creating alliances with people and institutions with a shared interest towards a particular societal issue or grand challenge. The content of the programmes differs in depth and perspective, but all focus on the transversal aspects of QHCs and provide a variety of examples and cases gathered in RiConfigure. The courses follow participatory learning approaches and couple training situations with real-life practical cases to activate the full range of experience, knowledge and capacities.


Course materials

All course materials and instructions for trainers are openly available and licensed under CC-BY-4.0, please see the links below. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via office.ois (at)

All materials are available for download here.

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