Cross Sector Social Innovation BOOST

The Cross Sector Social Innovation BOOST (BOOST) piloted a new approach to tackle 'wicked' social problems.  

The BOOST is a dynamic cross-sector,  multi-agency approach which allows participants to develop innovative new projects to create  sustainable solutions. 

The project was delivered in partnership with commonground and Social Innovation Camp  from November 2015 to March 2016.

The Oxfam BOOST addressed 

the following challenge:

‘Over the next three years, how do we create the conditions for tens of thousands of women on low incomes to move into decent work that pays a Living Wage?’

See the video of the Oxfam Cross Sector Social Innovation BOOST here:

The objectives of the BOOST were to:

  • Bring together a cross-sector group of people and facilitate a social innovation process to design and develop a small range of innovative high impact projects with the ability to go to scale.  


  • Enhance and develop existing and new relationships with a range of external organisations to support future collaboration for Oxfam. 

Achievements included:

  • ​A BOOST Steering Group which included 15 senior leaders from a range of sectors including British Council, Big Lottery Fund, HSBC, Microsoft, Comic Relief, Nesta, Imperial College and ELBA.  The Steering Group has now become  a Project Advisory Group.

  • Over 30 cross sector participants were led through a two and a half day social innovation process to develop projects to meet the challenge.

  • Four projects were pitched to an ‘expert’ panel which included Oxfam GB, Nesta, Comic Relief, Young Foundation and Skills Network.

  • Two projects have been taken forward by Oxfam and are exploring applications for over £500k with funders including Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.

An evaluation has been produced which can be found here.