Papers and Chapters

Hoffecker, E., Ramos, F., Adomdza, G. and Frey, D. (2023). Strengthening local innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems. The Journal of Entrepreneurship. [Official link].

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. [Official link $] [Author version]

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

Damtew Assefa, E., and Hoffecker, E. (2022). A Framework and Tools for Assessing Local Innovation Capacity: Guide for Implementers. Cambridge: MIT Local Innovation Group.

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.