Public Policy Instruments
The successful acceleration of social innovation requires effective public policy instruments.
It needs to be recognised, however, that the advanced conceptualisation of social innovation in
its economic context is expected to present significant challenges to traditional modes of
policy production. Flexible policy regimes capable of supporting the spread and growth of successful
examples of social innovation while accounting for local specificities and contexts as well as varying
welfare regimes are of vital importance to support and sustain social innovations. Complementarily, the
often-neglected specifics of New Member States will be taken into account.
SIMPACT is strongly focused on the enhancement of evidence-based policy in relation to social innovation.
This work package provides the focal point through which evidence of what works and what inhibits social innovation
in practice is analysed in terms of the policy enablers and constraints. It will articulate the strategic choices
available to policy makers and deliver generalisable recommendations designed to maximise economic and social
outcomes of SI. Forasmuch, the WP's objectives are threefold:
- 1It aims at elaborating a mode of
policy production which reflects the characteristics of social innovation including its economic dimensions, and in which policy
makers are active participants.
- 2It will develop an understanding
of the extent to which cases of policy intervention that are effective (or not) in animating and sustaining social innovation diverge
(or not) from traditional forms of public sector activity.
- 3It will develop public policy
instruments and translate them into practical guidelines identifying the roles of the different government levels.
In an initial step a Go to Policy Dialogue1st policy dialogue workshop
involving invited policy practitioners was conducted to generate hypotheses about the challenges posed by social innovation
to policy makers at all territorial levels (regional, national and EU), their economic underpinnings and the need for a
departure from traditional modes of public intervention and regulation. The findings will feed into the design of fieldwork methodologies in
Go to Collecting EvidenceWP3
Policy case study analysis (step 2) is applied to test the derived hypotheses. More precisely, the regulatory frameworks,
proactive interventions and infrastructure provision of cases collected under WP3 will be identified and tested through
deskwork and dialogue with other project partners. The outputs will be developed further by means of a
Go to Policy Dialogue2nd policy dialogue
workshop and three Go to Action Learningaction learning sets
bringing together relevant policy representatives from each case over a seven-month period.
Drawing on outcomes of the previous two steps, a two-day «think tank» will be carried out to develop a conceptual model
of policy production informed by and appropriate to the animation, resourcing and scaling of social innovation identified in
Go to ConceptsWP4. The model will be further
developed and refined through deskwork and the use of social media tools, including the
Go to LinkedInLinkedIn group.
Finally, the outcomes of the action learning sets, the 3rd simulation iteration
Go to SI Behaviour Scenarios(WP2),
the evaluation toolbox Go to Impact Analysis(WP7)
and social innovation indicators Go to SI Indicator Sets(WP5)
will be synthesized to refine the model and translate it into a practical policy toolbox including recommendations for policy
makers at EU and other territorial levels, and across different sectors. These will be presented and discussed at the «1st European
Social Innovation Policy Forum» inviting practitioners to explore the toolbox practical implications for
their own areas of work.