The Accelerating Innovation for Development Initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation was a US$16.5 million effort approved in 2007 aimed at:
1. Identifying and demonstrating that open and user-driven innovation models are effective and efficient innovation processes for the needs of the poor; and
2. Significantly increasing the application of these models to meet the needs of the poor
The evaluation covers the grantmaking and non-grant work of the Initiative from 2007-2009 on open, user centered, and user led innovation. The evaluation was conducted from July 2011 to February 2012 by an independent evaluation team. The purposes of the evaluation of the Innovation Initiative relate to informing other Rockefeller Foundation initiatives and the work of Foundation grantees and partners; demonstrating accountability for funds spent under the Initiative; and contributing knowledge to the field as a public good.