Universidad del Valle de Guatemala began a new strategic plan cycle in 2016. An integral part of this plan is the creation of the Innovation and Technology Center (ITC), a seven-story flagship building that seeks to foster innovation through science. Housed in the ITC, with the financial and technical support of RTI, we have envisioned a Social Innovation Lab, an open space for carrying out applied research for development and evidence-based social policy design and evaluation. The Lab will also support social entrepreneurship initiatives with tools for research and project management. The RTI Social Innovation Lab will include the following:
The main users of these facilities will be UVG’s Social Sciences students (undergraduate, MA and PhD level) and professors, as well as RTI’s local, visiting and resident staff. The RTI Social Innovation Lab (RTI-SIL) would serve as a sounding board and showcase for RTI’s different interventions in the region, and will eventually become a hub for social research, innovation and development where new joint UVG-RTI projects will be imagined, planned and implemented. It will also be a meeting point for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, government officials and private investors willing to collaborate with UVG and RTI. Finally, the RTI-SIL’s associates would constantly feed the pool of local and international human resources available to the before mentioned projects.