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Social Innovation Community

From 2016-02-01 to 2019-01-31, ongoing project | SIC Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 991 906,25

EU contribution:

EUR 2 991 906,25

Coordinated in:

Belgium

Call for proposal:

H2020-INSO-2015See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CSA - Coordination and support action

Objective

Deliverables

  • Annual brief with Commission Officers and MEPs on the State of the Union report

    Annual brief with Commission Officers and MEPs on the State of the Union report.

  • Delivery of 3 day collaboration events

    Each centre will hold a 3 day event, bringing together local actors from public, private and social sectors to co-create social innovation solutions to the defined challenges from T3.3. They will be joined by social innovators from across Europe who can showcase examples of how they have addressed a similar challenge. These examples may serve as inspiration for new innovations or trigger an exploration of their potential for scaling or replicating into the local context. This will create opportunities for Member States to inspire one another, translate ideas between contexts, and foster transnational learning. The events will follow a process of open innovation and aim to engage actors who do not currently self-identify as part of the field. The resulting models of social innovation are likely to include strategic partnerships, social ventures and social movements or campaigns. In this way, we aim to test the effect of transnational collaboration and sharing of key lessons between innovators in different states.

  • Declaration on framework conditions for SI

    The SIC governance system and findings from the State of the Union report, prepared in WP Policy, will form the foundation for developing a SIC strategic framework. Activities include the development of agreed framework conditions for SI that will take stock of current systems at the micro-, meso- and macro- level as well as interaction between systems) and set out how existing SI infrastructures can be strengthened and amended to contribute to building up a European infrastructure in support of an inclusive, innovative and reflective society.

  • 5 hot topic workshops - Part I

    Five workshops on emerging research topics will be organized. Both the SIC Research Landscape (T2.1) and Transformative Research Sessions (T2.2) activities will inform the selection of topics. Hot Topic Workshops will connect with relevant SIC networks. In order to guarantee high expertise and a diversity of perspectives on the different topics, non-European SI researchers, policymakers and practitioners will be actively involved. Results of the tasks 2.2 and 2.3 will be exploited to inform contents of WP Learning (T4.3 Summer School) and vice versa.

  • Recruitment of 5 local centres

    We will then identify five local geographic hosts centres though a call for innovation centre partners with a focus n Portugal, Italy, Norway, Croatia and Estonia. These countries are under-represented in the European social innovation ecosystem and hence offer strong ground for experimentation. We will work closely with WP Engagement and Dissemination to share the opportunity with a diverse range of potential centres.

  • Enlargement strategy

    An enlargement strategy will be designed and implemented jointly by all partners and link to activities in other WPs/networks. The strategy aims at an ongoing identification of up-coming topics and trends (based on social needs) and thus strongly links with WP Research. The strategy defines the enlargement of SIC with regard to these new topics/trends and actors/networks.

  • Results of landscape mapping

    Starting with reports from EU-funded social innovation projects, we will identify policy recommendations that different actors have made, tracking policy trends and change over time, and showing where current priorities lie, at a cross-cutting level and within the thematic areas of the SIC Networks. We will synthesise and disseminate findings using a range of media such as graphics, vox pops and video interviews.

  • Regular newsletters (sharing news of entire project) - Part I

    External communications: We will ensure the project activities and results are disseminated beyond the immediate SIC community and people connected to the project. To do this, the project will devise innovative ways of disseminating project results, making use of social media channels (such as LinkedIn and Twitter groups, Pinterest, and Google hangouts) and multi-media content (such as infographics, videos, podcasts) as well as more traditional methods such as newsletters, publications and events (both online and offline). Newsletters sharing key information about the project including summaries of key reports and digital content will be published quarterly and translated into 4 languages (German, Spanish, Polish and French).

  • Launch event

    We will organise a broad range of events during the term of the project. Events are a key part of network development as they enable partners to interact personally which enhances the online interactions that subsequently take place. Additionally, events are an opportunity to engage new parties. Some events will be standalone events, others will be collaborations between WPs, and others will connect to events organised outside of the SIC project. Events will be spread evenly across all parts of Europe, in particular in regions where SIC is not well represented in order to help bring new people into the network. We will work across all WPs and networks to coordinate all events and activities organised within WPs. We will also connect existing events, either hosting them alongside or in collaboration, similar to the SI Live 2014 model in Lisbon, which brought together four EU funded projects, TRANSITION, BENISI, TEPSIE and SI-DRIVE. We will also ensure SIC has workshops as part of other existing events, and use the opportunity to create Social Innovation road-shows. We will also coordinate at least 2 events where all of the networks that are part of the SIC project come together. This will include the following: Launch festival – this 2.5 day event will be a celebration of social innovation across Europe, and of the EUfunded social innovation projects which have already ended. It will also help set the agenda for the project and begin to establish connections and collaboration between WPs. It will also communicate the key activities of the project to people not (yet) involved in the project. Final event/launch of future event – to keep momentum towards the end of the project and plan for how the community will continue in a sustainable way (see WP Strategy and Impact Measurement). This event will not be framed as a final event, rather it will be a future looking event, kicking off the project which succeeds SIC.

  • Kick‐off Meeting, and implementation of the various governance groups

    Calling the participants to the kick off meeting, and setting up the various governance groups that are described in the proposal.

  • Regional Event series/Roadshows - Part I

    We will organise a broad range of events during the term of the project. Events are a key part of network development as they enable partners to interact personally which enhances the online interactions that subsequently take place. Additionally, events are an opportunity to engage new parties. Some events will be standalone events, others will be collaborations between WPs, and others will connect to events organised outside of the SIC project. Events will be spread evenly across all parts of Europe, in particular in regions where SIC is not well represented in order to help bring new people into the network. We will work across all WPs and networks to coordinate all events and activities organised within WPs. We will also connect existing events, either hosting them alongside or in collaboration, similar to the SI Live 2014 model in Lisbon, which brought together four EU funded projects, TRANSITION, BENISI, TEPSIE and SI-DRIVE. We will also ensure SIC has workshops as part of other existing events, and use the opportunity to create Social Innovation road-shows. We will also coordinate at least 2 events where all of the networks that are part of the SIC project come together. This will include the following: Launch festival – this 2.5 day event will be a celebration of social innovation across Europe, and of the EU-funded social innovation projects which have already ended. It will also help set the agenda for the project and begin to establish connections and collaboration between WPs. It will also communicate the key activities of the project to people not (yet) involved in the project. Final event/launch of future event – to keep momentum towards the end of the project and plan for how the community will continue in a sustainable way (see WP Strategy and Impact Measurement). This event will not be framed as a final event, rather it will be a future looking event, kicking off the project which succeeds SIC.

  • Delivery of 1 day events in each host centre to define local challenges

    Host centres will hold a 1-day event to define specific local challenges within key, cross-cutting challenges affecting the EU (e.g. health, unemployment). SIC Network representatives will be recruited via WP Engagement and Dissemination to participate. Other extant SI communities from TEPSIE/SI-Drive/TRANSIT etc. will also be accessed to identify additional partners.

  • Visual identity

    We will also create a visual identity for the Project (comprising a logo, fonts and colours). Using this visual identity will ensure consistency in SIC communication and dissemination. Templates for different types of documents (e.g. MS Word, PPT) will be prepared and made accessible to all those involved in SIC. Templates are important to give a uniform image of the project and to establish a visual language that will indicate that the information presented derives from the SIC project.

  • Generation and dissemination of policy ideas in [6-10] thematic areas

    In collaboration with SIC Networks and other WPs, we will identify up to eight thematic and/or geographic areas where SI policy ideas are underdeveloped and organise participatory activities that aim to fill these gaps, using idea generation workshops supported by online/social media campaigns (in collaboration with WP Engagement and Dissemination). These will be aimed at a broad range of actors. For each theme, we will produce a clear set of policy priorities and policy ideas, presented in an engaging format and disseminated widely.

  • Editorial calendar

    Internal communications: We will develop and implement multiple systems and processes for ensuring a smooth and open flow of information across and beyond the project. These tools will include: A 6-month to 1 year editorial calendar, which lists all key activities (events, reports, etc.) within the projects, and map this onto key events and activities happening outside of the project in the social innovation field in Europe. This will help the overall coordination of the projet, and will make sure the projets' work is visible to relevant external agendas and receives the maximum publicity and visibility, where necessary.

  • Communication material

    Internal communications: We will develop and implement multiple systems and processes for ensuring a smooth and open flow of information across and beyond the project. These tools will include: An easy to use internal system whereby up to date information on project activities is presented. All parties in the project have the ability to access it at any time. A template for WPs to report on their activities, so that results are available in an easily digestible format that can be used across different communication tools.

  • Ethical guidelines

    The Project Leader will provide guidelines to the WP Managers for assisting them in managing and monitoring ethical issues throughout the duration of the project. It will be assisted in this by ethics expert advisors. The quality management will ensure that the ethical guidelines are implemented along the project's milestones. It will cover: The pojets ethial paties, esuig that the ethial paties set foth i this poposal ae folloed. This will include ensuring that proper procedures are followed with regards to: working with vulnerable users; explaining voluntary participation and right to withdraw to stakeholders involved in the project; providing information about the project and specific studies to stakeholders; obtaining informed consent; secure data storage, access and disposal of data; data confidentiality and participant anonymity; and dissemination of data. All potential ethical issues which may arise; All ethical issues which may arise through discussion with the Advisory Board, PEB, PSG and stakeholders; Any gender issues which arise during the project and oversee the promotion of gender equality in the project.

  • SIC Vision

    A vision will be developed in conjunction with SIC networks and actors. This will deliver a common understanding of SI in particular among SIC actors, but we are also aiming to create a common understanding beyond SIC actors (in conjunction with WPs Policy and Research).

  • Initial network map and plan

    Together with Network Facilitators, we will co-create a Network Map of both the usual and the unusual suspects, showing inter alia, how network actors connect or not with each other, which will be used as a baseline against which to assess later network developments. This exercise will make use of digital technologies (e.g. social network mapping software) to create an engaging visual map of key networks and their relation to one another. This network map will be revised half way through and at the end of the project.

  • Findings from stocktaking will be incorporated into a joint curriculum

    We will first take stock of the existing tools and methodologies for incubation, scaling, replication, etc., (e.g. as used by TRANSITION, BENISI, DRIFT, SIL). This will inform the development of a transnational innovation development curriculum, building on existing materials to be applied in the different regional contexts. Findings will be incorporated in the Learning Materials Repository (WP Learning T4.5).

  • Quality assurance guidelines

    The Project Leader will ensure that proper guidelines for quality assurance and risk management are available to interested parties, and that measures are taken to properly implement them. The other WP managers will use these guidelines as a benchmark against which to assess the quality of the project deliverables with respect to its objectives and requirements. An appropriate quality and risk management plan will be issued at the beginning of the project and will be included in the Project Management Manual. The other WP Managers will report to the Project Leader. More specifically, activities include the following: Developing a detailed Quality Control and Risk Management strategy and criteria for each project deliverable; Overseeing the conformity of all Consortium deliverables with the initial criteria and in accordance with the work plan of the project; Ensuring the timely production of technical outputs.

  • Progress reports - Part II

    The Project Leader will be responsible for ensuring that all the progress reports required contractually are delivered on time and are of the expected quality. These will be delivered every six months.

  • Progress reports - Part I

    The Project Leader will be responsible for ensuring that all the progress reports required contractually are delivered on time and are of the expected quality. These will be delivered every six months.

  • Quality assurance report - Part II

    We will report on the progress made in ensuring the quality of the deliverables, 5 times along the duration of the project.

  • Legal and IPR guidelines

    The Project Leader will provide guidelines to the WP Managers for assisting them in managing legal and IPR issues which may arise during this project. It will cover: Applying the consortium's rules with regard to solving conflict; Developing guidelines for managing legal and IPR issues; Ensuring that these are communicated to interested parties, for implementation

  • Report on SIC Networks' Learning needs

    The report will focus on the SIC networks common and specific learning needs. A mix of tools will be adopted and adapted to understand users' learning needs across all networks such as financing, governance structures, scaling up, SI business models etc.), as well as those that belong to specific networks. Transversal learning needs will be the basis for designing the SIC networks Learning events (Summer School and Social Learning Workshops); specific needs will be met through targeted learning activities developed with WPs Experimentation, Policy and Research.

  • SIC Research Landscape Report

    This task aims to understand and give an overview of SI research, initiatives and actors in Europe and beyond. We will engage the consortia of current and recent research projects like SI-DRIVE, TEPSIE, TRANSIT, SIMPACT, CASI, ILINC, EUWIN and members of research networks like EMES and ESSI and seek to host breakout sessions during their project and network meetings to share the concept and potential of SIC, identify further actors and networks relevant for the community and, identify specific opportunities for involvement in SIC events. These sessions will also be used to identify and discuss (a) transversal research questions and topics; (b) methodologies, with a focus on transdisciplinarity (linking to the methods used in WP Experimentation); and (c) reseahes specific interests to draw up a social innovation research map. We will also make use of digital technologies as part of this mapping exercise to create simple and engaging visualisations. The latter will identify emerging research trends, interests and capacities, and identify gaps and priorities for future research. Results will inform WP Learning (T4.1 SI Learning Principles and Processes) in terms of the new knowledge, skills and competences needed to diffuse a new SI culture.

  • Consortium meetings reports

    We will produce the reports relating to the regular consortium meetings. These will be produced every 12 months.

  • Governance manual

    A participatory and open governance system will be elaborated for the networks, groups of actors and individuals identified in WP Engagement and Dissemination. A manual will be created which will include representation mechanisms for networks and actors, formal and informal participation channels (developed in WP Engagement and Dissemination), rules for co-decision making and guidelines for implementing activities. This governance system will enable isolated actors and networks to become transformative agents of a SIC. There will be a strong link between this task and the network facilitation task (Task 1.1) in WP Engagement and Dissemination.

  • Quality assurance report - Part I

    We will report on the progress made in ensuring the quality of the deliverables, 5 times along the duration of the project.

  • Report on SIC Learning Principles and Processes

    The report will focus on what learning means for researchers, social innovators, citizens and policymakers in SI and how it is fostered in institutional/top down environments (universities, schools, public agencies and organisations) and in non-institutional/bottom-up contexts (intermediaries, facilitators, makers). By analysing how different types and leels of leaig elate to ho soial ioatio atos sole soial poles o halleges ad sale-up local solutions the task will offer insights on how learning works in several SI contexts: (a) in SI incubators and accelerators across Europe; (b) in SI cases; and (c) in the SI ecosystem. These efforts will be connected with on-going EU FP7-funded research projects (SI DRIVE, TRANSIT, BENISI, TRANSITION, SIMPACT and CRESSI). Together with WP Strategy Development and Impact Measurement, and WP Research, this task will assess what works and what does not in terms of learning principles, processes and contents. Results will be directly used for setting up T4.3 (Summer School), and T4.4 (Social Learning Workshops).

  • Digital platform

    We will develop a digital platform, which takes advantage of the latest digital technologies, to help widely disseminate achievements. This will be mobile friendly, easy to use, and offer clear ways for people to participate and connect to other existing networks. The digital platform will be key to facilitating communication between partners, and to the wider world. The digital platform will store the Learning Materials Repository to be developed by WP Learning and will host resources from all the project WPs. It will also include the Policy Forum (WP Policy) and Research Forum (WP Research). A sustainable platform is also at the core of our sustainability strategy (see WP Strategy and Impact Measurement). This platform will build on the structure of the Social Innovation Europe website and take into consideration the Digital Social Innovation map and siresearch.eu.

Publications

Coordinator

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR L'INFORMATION SUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT LOCAL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 140 311,25


CHAUSSEE SAINT PIERRE 260
1040 Brussels
Belgium
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Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 237 665


AUGUST SCHMIDT STRASSE 4
44227 DORTMUND
Germany
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Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 294 350


VIA ZAMBONI 33
40126 BOLOGNA
Italy
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THE YOUNG FOUNDATION LBG
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 392 037,50


VICTORIA PARK SQUARE 18
E2 9PF LONDON
United Kingdom
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Activity type: Research Organisations

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NESTA
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 235 212,50


58 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT
EC4Y 0DS LONDON
United Kingdom
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LABORATORIJ ZA DRUSTVENE INOVACIJE
Croatia

EU contribution: EUR 130 775


Lijesce 35
10040 Zagreb
Croatia
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Activity type: Research Organisations

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DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 209 225


BURGEMEESTER OUDLAAN 50
3062 PA ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
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UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 204 575


BARRIO SARRIENA S N
48940 LEIOA
Spain
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ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 341 655


LINKE WIENZEILE 246
1150 WIEN
Austria
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TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 278 297,50


GREGERSENSVEJ 1
2630 TAASTRUP
Denmark
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RESEAU EUROPEEN DES VILLES ET REGIONS DE L'ECONOMIE SOCIALE AISBL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 94 265


BOULEVARD CHARLEMAGNE 74
1000 BRUXELLES
Belgium
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SOCIAL INNOVATION EXCHANGE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 433 537,50


32 CUBITT STREET
WC1X 0LR LONDON
United Kingdom
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