Papers and Chapters

Hoffecker, E., and Douthwaite, B. (2022). “Solving problems and strengthening systems: How local innovation of appropriate technology contributes to development” in Régnier and Wild (Eds.) Handbook of Innovation and Appropriate Technology for International Development. Edward Elgar (forthcoming).

Krystalli, R., Hoffecker, E., Leith, K., and Wilson, K. (2021). “Taking the research experience seriously: A framework for reflexive applied research in development. Global Studies Quarterly 1(3): ksab022. [Official link]

Hoffecker, E. (2021) “Understanding inclusive innovation processes in agricultural systems: a middle-range conceptual model.” World Development. 140. [Official link]

Hoffecker, E. (2018). Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies. MIT D-Lab Working Papers: NDIR Working Paper 01. Cambridge: MIT D-Lab. [Official link]

Douthwaite, B., and Hoffecker, E. (2017). “Towards a complexity-aware theory of change for participatory research programs working within agricultural innovation systems.” Agricultural Systems (155) 88-102 [Official link $] [Author version]

Frameworks and Guides

Hoffecker, E. (2022). Research Uptake Brief: Strategies to promote the utilization of USAID-funded research results. Cambridge: MIT D-Lab.

Hoffecker, E., Vogel, S., and Adomza, G. (2021). Facilitating Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening: Lessons from the Next I2I program. Cambridge: MIT D-Lab.

Hoffecker, E. (2019). Understanding Innovation Ecosystems: A Framework for Joint Analysis and Action. Cambridge: MIT D-Lab.

Hoffecker, E., Leith, K., and Wilson, K. (2015) The Lean Research Framework: Principles for Human-Centered Field Research. Cambridge: MIT D-Lab.

Essays, Opinions, and Blogs

Hoffecker, E. (2018). Why Cultivating Your Innovation Ecosystem is Worth the Work. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Palo Alto: Stanford University.

Hoffecker, E. (2017). Rethinking how innovation creates development impact. MIT D-Lab Blog, Cambridge: MIT.

Hoffecker, E. (2016). Enabling innovation ecosystems in emerging markets: key challenges and five recommendations. MIT D-Lab Blog, Cambridge: MIT.

Teaching Resources

Lean Research Skills for Conducting Interviews, an online Edx and MITx course
A 12-week, freely accessible online course that teaches how to incorporate the lean research principles of rigor, relevance, respect and right-size into the art of conducting conversational interviews in settings where power dynamics may be in play.

The Surprising World of Complex Systems, an online MIT Blossoms lesson
A freely-accessible, 60-minute lesson that introduces basic concept of complex systems and systems dynamics at the High School or Junior High levels. This lesson is designed to be implemented by an in-person teacher and comes with a teacher’s guide and detailed implementation instructions.

Inclusive Innovation: the why and the how, a webinar delivered with MIT Professional Education
A free, 60-minute introduction to the emerging field of inclusive innovation, drawn from research and practice of the Local Innovation Group, MIT D-Lab, and collaborators around the world.