The Youth Innovation Skills Measurement Tool is an instrument to support the development of the skills and attitudes which young people require if they are to become the innovators of tomorrow. The Tool measures five generic skills that underpin innovative behaviour and form a set of attributes clearly linked to the innovation process:
- Creativity (imagination, connecting ideas, tackling and solving problems, curiosity);
- Self-efficacy (self belief, self assurance, self awareness, feelings of empowerment, social confidence);
- Energy (drive, enthusiasm, motivation, hard work, persistence and commitment);
- Risk-propensity (a combination of risk tolerance and the ability to take calculated risks); and
- Leadership (vision and the ability to mobilise commitment).
The skills were identified through a literature review and through testing the concepts with separate focus groups of young people and teachers from different disciplines in schools and colleges.