The Adora Foundation is a platform for social innovation. We accompany individuals, organisations and communities in their efforts to make a positive difference to the world. We specialise in the art of unlocking, expanding and evaluating collective action and individual attitude and behaviour change.
WhatSocial action projects to test and demonstrate concepts in action.
We incubate, test, replicate and scale up evidence-based projects across a maximum diversity of contexts, to achieve proof of concept. From this we refine models, tools and methodologies to contribute to policy and practice, from the smallest locality to the global stage.
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Since 2012 we have run over 50 projects in more than 100 localities in over 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East and the Arctic. Directly we've worked with c. 5000 individuals (3000+ young people) and over 600 organisations. Indirectly we've reached a further 25,000 people in 110 countries. Every project has helped us hone the art of impact, in sustainability, suicide prevention, equalities, behaviour change, organisational and cultural transformation, crowdsourcing, social mobilisation, soft-outcomes evaluation, etc. The common ground in all is the strategic need to unlock individual and collective initiative and help shift motivations, attitudes and values.
We carry out 3 types of research, academic (peer reviewed), action research, and evaluation research. We have published in top-tier journals in collaboration with the University of Brighton's Values and Sustainability Research Group. We have also been commissioned advanced evaluation research by organisations ranging from universities and global INGOs to local refugee agencies and community health centres. In addition we carry out internal research to shape our social impact design processes.
One of the ways we share our learning from consistent success in social impact is through partnering with other organisations through consultancy commissions. Generally our expertise is sought in the areas of soft-outcomes, impact and equalities evaluation; advanced facilitation of intercultural or conflict-prone processes and groups; social innovation/social impact strategy and design; arts for social impact; catalyst interventions; youth empowerment; and engagement of hard to reach groups.
A big part of innovation is understanding and anticipating the ways the world is changing, and keeping track of impending crises and breakthroughs, cutting edge tools, and generational shifts. To ensure we're current, we started the social innovation Observatory, a project to monitor global media and keep track of the contours of change, as it happens. We collect and disseminate this data in the form of Flipboard e-zines.