Social innovation in service delivery: New partners and approaches

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14 January 2014
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14 January 2014
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This report presents the findings of a research project exploring the involvement of new partners – in particular, the social partners, civil society and people in vulnerable situations – in social innovation. The research was carried out at EU level – focusing especially on the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in social innovation – and in six Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden. It examined the innovation and social partnership culture in each country, and analysed to what extent national-level policies have been triggered by EU policy. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.
 
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    60
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    EF1354
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    Social innovation in service delivery: New partners and approaches

    This report presents the findings of a research project exploring the involvement of new partners – in particular, the social partners, civil society and people in vulnerable situations – in social innovation. The research was carried out at EU level – focusing especially on the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in social innovation – and in six Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden. It examined the innovation and social partnership culture in each country, and analysed to what extent national-level policies have been triggered by EU policy.

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    EF13541
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    Social innovation in service delivery: New partners and approaches - Executive summary

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    Eurofound
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    Social innovation is an important topic of the EU agenda seen as a tool to help achieve key objectives of the Commission’s Social Investment Package. This study explores what social innovation means and the involvement of new partners – social partners, civil society and people in vulnerable situations. Social innovation is considered as new ideas that can resolve societal challenges, meet social needs and create new social relationships. This report aims to enable a better understanding of effective and sustainable processes, focusing on six countries and three individual case studies. It finds that many social innovation projects in employment, education and social policy are co-funded by the European Social Fund. Non-governmental organisations carry out many social innovations, but are often informally involved in the programme design. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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