Measuring Social Innovation (Work Package 2)

Objectives

WP will deliver an overview of quantitative data on the organized social innovation infrastructure in the EU, map methods of measuring innovation and social innovation at the macro level, attempt the consolidation of measurement models on social innovation and identify implementation potentials within existing structures.

Description of work

Social Innovation usually takes place in areas dealing with social needs and issues. In this sense, the statistically neglected social economy can be understood as an important incubator for new social relationships, communication and sharing and potential solutions. Although the social economy does not create innovation per se, it can be considered as a core field with organized infrastructure where innovations are more likely to occur and be applied with higher impact than in other sectors. Therefore a good understanding of the contribution of the social economy to value creation, the labour market and the promotion of general wellbeing of European citizens is necessary precondition for the assessment of the potential impact of social innovations.

In this task we will review the data available for measuring the social economy and social innovation, from the wide a range of existing sources. At the same time it aims to better understand the growth, impact and potential for social innovation in Europe. While the International Civil Society Year book provides at least basic numbers relating to civil society, there is no detailed statistical data on the scale of the social economy across Europe.

Tasks include:

  • Data overview on the Social Economy
  • Analysis of National Social Economies
  • Measuring Social Innovations
  • Consolidation of methods
  • Bringing methods into practice