Toolkit of All Toolkits for Social Innovation

Development practitioners are all too familiar with information overload on how they can do their jobs better. My aim with this blog is to curate some of that information so it’s easier to use.

The DIY Toolkit (Development, Impact, and You), created by Nesta in cooperation with the Rockefeller Foundation, is a fairly new web-based resource with similar objectives.

It is a toolkit on how to invent, adopt, or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It’s quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people working in development.

The simple-to-navigate site walks a user through a curated set of tools for those working on complex and fast-changing social problems. The creators undertook a rigorous review process to select and refine the 30 tools included in the toolkit. According to the site, many surveys were distributed to assess what users needed; pilots were conducted to apply the tools in a variety of contexts; and appropriate refinements were made to the tools.

The tools in the toolkit have wide application. To get the information they need, users can choose from several pathways, such as “I want to…develop a clear plan, collect inputs from others, generate new ideas, or test and improve.”

Depending on the path you choose, several tools are presented.

Below are just some of the types of tools you can access through the site:

Check out the video below, produced by the DIY Toolkit team, to learn more about what you can expect from this resource.

To find out more about the Toolkit, visit:


  1. Jesús Peña Cedillo on 3 de November de 2014 at 20:00

    Excelente trabajo de divulgación y aprendizaje con su sitio web. Y muy buenas herramientas; de gran utilidad para mis proyectos en Suramérica. La felicito calurosamente por su labor.

    Saludos cordiales

    • Guadalupe de la Mata on 30 de December de 2014 at 18:57

      Gracias Jesús por tus palabras de ánimo. Estaré encantada de conocer mejor tus proyectos y si quieres compartirlos o podemos ayudarte cuenta con nosotros. Un abrazo. Guadalupe