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Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings

Objective

SIMPACT advances understanding of social innovation’s economic dimensions, creating new concepts, models and instruments for policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries. It systematically investigates how social innovations can enable the most vulnerable in society to become economic assets, integrating critical analysis of current and previous work with future-oriented methodologies, new actionable knowledge and continual stakeholder participation.

SIMPACT’s multidisciplinary mixed-method approach advances knowledge and the state of the art by (i) elaborating a theoretical model of the economic dimensions of social innovation throughout its lifecycle; (ii) generating new empirical knowledge on the economic dimensions through rich, theoretically informed analysis of successful and less successful cases; (iii) analysing drivers and barriers shaping the economic impact of social innovations, and levers for their scaling and diffusion; (iv) developing indicators to measure social innovations and tailored methods to evaluate social and economic impact; (v) enhancing modes of public policy production, instruments and guidelines; (vi) generating foresight knowledge through agent-based modelling and scenario building.

SIMPACT integrates theoretical, empirical and actionable knowledge to create evidence-based approaches to business development, public policy and research. A participatory research approach actively engages policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries of vulnerable groups. Action learning, indicator labs and stakeholder experiments facilitate processes of co-creation, stimulating shared learning, strengthening practitioner knowledge and enhancing conceptualisation of the economic base. Partners' understanding of welfare regime diversity, including New Member State specificities, will ensure tailored, actionable deliverables. Eight high profile associate partners will help ensure the success of SIMPACT’s dissemination activities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/public policy

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2013-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

WESTFALISCHE HOCHSCHULE GELSENKIRCHEN, BOCHOLT, RECKLINGHAUSEN
Address
Neidenburger Strasse 43
45897 Gelsenkirchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 613 326
Administrative Contact
Judith Terstriep (Ms.)

Participants (11)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 542
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Esther Rahma (Ms.)
EUSKAMPUS FUNDAZIOA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 72 740
Address
Barrio Sarriena, Edificio De La Universidad Del Pais Vasco S/n
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Javier Castro Spila (Dr.)
VYSOKA SKOLA EKONOMIE A MANAGEMENTU OPS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 106 147
Address
Narozni 2600 9A Stodulky
15800 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Smejkalova (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 301 916
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Steven Dhondt (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 224 002
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wilma Coenegrachts (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 244 587
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Deserti (Prof.)
NEOMA BUSINESS SCHOOL
France
EU contribution
€ 183 516
Address
Rue Du Marechal Juin 1
76130 Mont Saint Aignan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Goychman (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 277
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Cressey (Prof.)
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 155 834
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)
NORDREGIO
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 81 572
Address
Holmamiralens Vaeg 10
11186 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anita Kullén (Mrs.)
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 60 492
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Merja Ikonen (Ms.)