Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnoSI)


There is growing consensus in Europe that an active set of approaches to welfare known as Social Investment will improve human capital, enable more people to participate in society, and reduce intergenerational deprivation, yet implementation has been uneven across member states and much remains to be learned, especially with regard to regional and local realities of Social Investment. This proposal is for EURO-3-2014: European societies after the crisis. Within that call its focus is on ‘Innovative social investment approaches for the modernisation of social policies and services’. We will deploy multidisciplinary research on innovative ways of implementing and financing social welfare that promise lasting benefits. Our aims are threefold: -Identify and evaluate existing innovative and strategic approaches to social welfare reform at a regional and local level; -Explore social and psychological impact of these innovations on individuals and communities; -Collate useful, practical learning from this new body of evidence and mobilise it to inform policy and practice across the EU. We will deliver on our first two aims through: • Macro and micro-level research on social investment policies and initiatives; • Mixed method case studies in ten member states, taking account of local and regional networks, institutions and assets, as well as national and European policies; • A distinct understanding of Social Investment utilizing ‘social innovation’ as a key concept; • A strong user voice, ensured throughout the project by recruiting and training ‘Community Reporters’ Approximately a third of the resource on this project is devoted to impact generation (Aim 3). Results from the research will be assimilated in a Foresight Analysis where we will work with policy makers, user-led organizations and social entrepreneurs to consider options for innovative ways of implementing and financing social welfare systems in the future. 10 impact partners will assist us.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Giulio Ecchia

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell'Economia

Manchester Metropolitan University(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Locality (UK) (United Kingdom)
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Turku University Of Applied Sciences (Tuas) (Finland)
Fundacja Instytut Spraw Publicznych - Institute Of Public Affairs (Poland)
Euclid Network Limited By Guarantee (United Kingdom)
Uniwersytet Wroclawski - Wroclaw University (Poland)
Forum - Idéburna organisationer med social inriktning (Sweden)
People S Voice Media Lbg (United Kingdom)
Aiccon - Associazione Italiana Per La Promozione Della Cultura Della Cooperazione E Del Nonprofit (Italy)
Stichting Hogeschool Utrecht-University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Netherlands)
Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
University Of Debrecen (Hungary)
Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)
Karlstads universitet (Sweden)
Panteion University Of Social And Political Sciences (Greece)
INSTITOUTO ERGASIAS--Labour institute of general confederation of Greek workers (Greece)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.375.832,75
Project Duration in months: 30
Start Date: 01/05/2015
End Date: 31/10/2017

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649189 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649189