Case Study

Launching a Community of Innovators for International Development

The Global Innovation Exchange is a community of innovators, funders, researchers, and smart people dedicated to improving and fundamentally changing how international development works. Forum One’s website design and development work is connecting the best ideas directly with the resources they need to succeed.

This project was a highly collaborative effort between Forum One, DAI, and the Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Global Change Doesn’t Have to Move at a Glacial Pace

Global development is a large and complex space, so we knew we had to work closely with multiple stakeholders and interests from the start. We held collaborative workshops and led rapid prototyping and design exercises to engage and involve everyone.

This approach helped us quickly surface ideas, cut through bureaucracy, and build a solution with a shared overall vision.

Give Us 100 Days, We’ll Make a Real Impact

Using our Agile approach, our team launched the first beta release of the Exchange in less than 100 business days. This release – which included innovations, funding, and robust community and user profile features – drew 2,000+ members in the first 7 months and allowed the Lab and partners to get familiar with the site, share ideas, and build up content.

We used the beta release to gather feedback, develop the most-wanted enhancements and new functionality, and roll out the Exchange to more and more innovators and partners, hitting the ground running for the public release.

How Do You Want to Change the World Today?

The Exchange community quickly grew to more than 3,000 users, with 1,000 of those joining in the first two months after the open beta release in September 2015.

More than 350 member organizations and counting are using the Exchange to support hundreds of innovations that are changing the face of international development.

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"100 days from concept to game-changing reality, that was our experience with Forum One."