The Objective of the Decalogue

The Innovation Decalogue provides Canada’s institutions of governance with a framework to support a coordinated, evidence-based approach to innovation policy development and assessment.

From a review of evidence spanning over 60 years, it sets out ten essential criteria for making policy decisions in any and every portfolio. In their entirety, the criteria describe features that are necessary for effective innovation policies and sufficient to move Canadian innovation policy to the next level.


The History of the Decalogue: Three Innovation Reports

The Innovation Decalogue grows out of Richard Hawkins’ ISSP paper, Looking at Innovation from a Uniquely Canadian Perspective: The Case for a New Alliance of Practice, Policy and Scholarship.

In that paper, Dr. Hawkins calls for a document that would be an “independent, scientifically grounded and clearly articulated” resource on innovation policy, written for a general audience and distributed publicly.

Encouraged by the positive reaction to Dr. Hawkins’ paper and his call for the consensus statement, the ISSP and Dr. Hawkins assembled a team to craft what would become the Innovation Decalogue.

A crowdsourcing version of the Decalogue was reviewed by a select group of innovation experts and practitioners,

distributed at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in November 2012 and posted to a collaborative webpage.  Based on comments from the peer reviewers and crowdsourcing exercise, the authors condensed the document into its current form – the Endorsement Edition.

All three documents (Looking at Innovation from a Uniquely Canadian Perspective, the crowdsourcing version and the Endorsement Edition) will remain available to the public on this website.