THE IDEA MODEL OF
The IDEA Model of Project Development evolves through four phases: idea formation, development (launching, testing, assessing, retooling), expansion and acceleration, which moves the project forward through applications and new growth opportunities. The UNC Greensboro School of Education’s Impact Through Innovation Initiative endeavors to support the movement of projects through these development phases, putting ideas into action and working at the intersection of education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The Idea Model is a proven model developed to help move innovations from the idea phase toward expanded impact. As Dr. Noah Lenstra, LIS, worked on his Ph.D., he looked at the role public libraries and senior centers play in supporting senior citizens’ digital literacy. An unexpected discovery was how often seniors spoke with others in the library about exercise and their motivations to stay active. Could libraries address physical literacy, advancing physical education? Dr. Noah Lenstra developed an idea of how this could work. The Impact Through Innovation model offered an excellent platform, through which Dr. Lenstra could move from collecting data, doing webinars and developing a website to greater levels of impact.