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An introduction to the need for social innovation in Europe, the European Commission's response, and Social Innovation Europe's research contribution to the debates surrounding the field.

An introduction to the need for social innovation in Europe, the European Commission's response, and Social Innovation Europe's research contribution to the debates surrounding the field.

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  • Introduction to some of the work that has been happening Background to the reports that have focused on how and why the European Commission can fund and finance social innovation and how the European commission can promote better assessment and measurement of social innovation To start the day and begin discussions – I thought it would be a good idea to recap on what we mean and understand by social innovation
  • Start with a recap of what we mean by social innovation Social innovations re new ideas, new institutions, new collarborations or ways of working - and thy key point is that meet social needs more effectively
  • Familiar with examples – co-operatives, time banks, micro credit , participatory budgeting, co production Social innovation often involves new collaborations between actors in the public, private spheres and civil society, straddling boundaries and it is about engaging citizens in new ways – this is something that is really important to remember when making recommendations to develop the field of social innovation It’s about encouraging new synergies, new relationships and creating and enabling infrastructure and environment that enables this to happen e n So – it’s now just civil society or social enterprise – they are very important in social innovation – but it is about a bit more
  • I am now going to talk a little bit about the process of social innovation. A useful framework for thinking about the process of social innovation is something we call the innovation lifecycle. The reality is that the process is rarely linear. W e are focusing on 4 main stages 1. Ideas. Generating ideas and highlighting the need for or possibility of an innovation. 2. Prototyping and piloting. Piloting, refining and iterating ideas in practice. 3. Implementation. Turning pilots into everyday practice by sharpening ideas and streamlining the work processes 4. Scaling. Spreading a successful practice or model through organisational growth, or franchising, or looser diffusion methods, such as replication or capacity-building. It helps us understand how social innovation happens, how it develops and the different stages an innovation can move through. This is important b/c as we are thinking about how we can support social innovation it is helpful to think about how we can support it through these different stages so that it can achieve the greatest impact.. This is the framwork that we have used in both reports and it has guided our recommendations – we think that the way that you fund and finance social innovation and how you measure it is different at all of these stage Peter and Neil will elaborate on this a little bit further
  • Why now – we faced serious social problems and challenges. Just by way of context and in order to understand a bt Europe – there are couple Why now? Why is social innovation important? Why do we want to encourage more of it. We think that current crisis makes social innovation more important than ever as a component of economic strategies and to build Europe’s relative position in the fields of healthcare and enviromental services and and as a vital contribution to Europe’s public services.
  • We also think social innovation is important in helping us tackle some of the big societal challenges we are facing. New paper headlines are telling us every day about high unemployment climate change, obesity, ageing populations, rapid urbanisation – amongst others – these are really complex and cross cutting issues …. But too often it feels like we are hitting one of these
  • … because we sees to hitting a brick wall – The field of social innovation is gaining momentum, there are many examples social innovation but the field has yet to mature enough to be able to act on a sufficient scale to tackle key social challenges and achieve that impact coulds. There are several constraints or weaknesses currently limiting the advancement of the field of social innovation – as well as lack of scale , the lack of visibility of best practice, dissemination of good ideas
  • How did we go about writing these reports? What shaped our thinking and our ideas? We had a launch event in Brussels and this was the first opportunity for people to input their thinking. There were workshops on how the funding of social innovation could be better and there was also a workshop on metrics and measurement – What people thought were the major gaps, how people thought things could be improved. What specific ideas people had, what did people think was a priority – in their sector in their job.position – specifically what role the EUROPEAN COMMISSION could play in strengthening the sector - We also held 2 telepresences – one looking and funding and financing and one looking at measurements – (picture). We connected with cities across Europe using cisco technology. We engaged with Paris, Brussles, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Heidelburg, London Helsinki – and others - We also did a call out for examples – we used the social innovation Europe website and newsletter and used the social innovation exchange network. We were looking for goodt practice. Good examples of how social innovation has been funded and how social innovation has been measures - We also complemented this with telephine interviews – and we have spoke with social innovators and entrepreneurs, other researchers, people who are funding social innovation, people who are evaluating social impact and also policy makers. Colleagues in the commission have also been extremely helpful and enthusiastic and really engaged in the process Several advisors who gave feedback on drafts I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have contributed to the work so far. We really appreciated your contributions and without your insight and ideas this work wouldn’t have been possible. There are also people in the audience who have contributed until now. So this is really your opportunity to input. The reports are only the start of the conversation and we would be really keen to hear thoughts and ideas. I have talked about the how so now I am going to talk quickly about the they why. Why are we focusing on social innovation at this time? Why is the Social Innovation Europe Initiative so timely?
  • Why Finance: in particular access to appropriate finance and funding is some thing that hinders the development of the filed. The result is that although there is no shortage of good ideas, far too few achieve the impact and scale that they could. Why Metrics: In the market context there are accepted measures. By contrast, there are no reliable measures of spending on social innovation, no agreed indicators of scale, and the tools and frameworks to assess impact are fragmented. In order to demonstrate what works, and in order to demonstrate the power of social innovation - More effective assessment and the sharing of this knowledge is fundamental to this process as well
  • The work of this project is to contribute to public policy measures that will support innovation We began work on 2 main topics – finance and measurement- the EUROPEAN COMMISSION could act as catalyst and enabler in the theses areas The questions that we started with … and the reports going some way to answering them but we are aware there is more work to be done. The reports don’t have all the answers but they are the beginning .
  • Finally just to finish with Europe 2020 EU's growth strategy - smart, sustainable and inclusive economy Social Innovation also has the potential to make a major a difference to achieving Europe 2020 ambitions To talk a little bit more about these recommendations and how we can make that possible I will now hand over to my colleauge Peter and Neil
  • Just to wrap – Colleagues from the commission are going to talk about developments at EU level and how to take things forward But we see these documents as living documents. We want you to today and in the coming weeks and months engage with recommendations, say what you like and what you think should be added – We want them to be useful for the social innovation community, we want the social innovation initiative to be a place where people can engage with ideas and make our work relevant and meaningful to what you do – and shape action Next year –we will be preparing a final report of the initiative- which will focus on future directions for social innovation within Europe – today is an opportunity to start a discussions about what these future directions might be We look forward to hearing everyone’s contributions and some interesting discussions

Research at Social Innovation Europe Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Social Innovation Europe Funding and Finance A Road Map for Effective Assessment Strengthening Social Innovation in Europe Background and Introduction
  • 2. What is social innovation?
    • “ Social Innovations are innovations that are social both in their ends and in their means. Specifically, we define social innovations as new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations“ *
    Social Innovation Europe *Caulier-Grice, J., Kahn, L., Mulgan, G., Pulford, L. & Vasconcelos, D (2010) Study on Social Innovation: A paper prepared by the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) and the Young Foundation for the Bureau of European Policy Advisors. Young Foundation/European Union
  • 3. Social Innovation Europe
  • 4. Social Innovation Europe
  • 5. Why now?
    • Shifts in the public sector : debt, deficits, pressure for efficiency, spending pressures: ageing predicted to drive EU public spending up by about 4 percentage points between 2004 and 2050.
    • Shifts in the public : expectations of engagement and involvement in change
    • Scale of the social economy –11m jobs in Europe, growing numbers of social enterprises, civil society engaging with jobs and value
    Social Innovation Europe
  • 6. Social Innovation – solutions to meet complex social needs ?
  • 7. Social Innovation Europe
  • 8. How? Social Innovation Europe
  • 9. Social Innovation Europe Key Question: How can societies innovate better and faster? How can European Commission catalyse this process? Social innovators have commitment, experience and energy. But the field of social innovation lacks the systematic and sophisticated infrastructures of support available to other fields – finance, measurement , skills and competencies, enabling cultures ……
  • 10. Aims of Social Innovation Europe Reports
    • How can the European Commission (EC) establish a comprehensive ecology finance capable of supporting social innovations from idea generation to prototyping to scaling up ?
    • How can the EC build up a knowledge-base on what metrics are useful and facilitate consensus-building around metrics for specific sectors and embed processes for knowledge sharing.
    Social Innovation Europe
  • 11. Guiding Purposes for Commission Action
    • The main purposes that should guide European Commission action on Social Innovation include:
    • Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive economic growth
    • Higher public services productivity
    • Success in handling major societal challenges
    Social Innovation Europe
  • 12.
    • “ I think the Social Innovation Initiative should not be just a thing for respectable Think Tanks and very nice papers, but for concrete consequences in policy making and policy outcomes, because we really need this immediately”
    • President Barosso – Social Innovation Europe initiative launch event, Brussels, March 2011
    Social Innovation Europe