Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation
in Europe through Economic Underpinnings
SIMPACT with its twelve partners from ten European countries is a research collaboration that aims at understanding
the economic foundation of social innovation (SI) targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.
However, several key issues need to be addressed before SI can be fully mainstreamed into the European economic sphere
and its policy environment. Against this backdrop, SIMPACT systematically investigates the economic foundation of SI in
order to provide a dynamic framework for action at the level of individuals, organisations and networks. Economic
foundation in the here used sense refers to economic principles, objectives and components that make SI
successful in terms of economic and social/societal value.
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This business toolbox was created to help support the main players of the social innovation (SI) space.
If you are actively
creating solutions to today's greatest societal challenges or supporting these solutions through
intermediary services, then this toolbox is for you. The toolbox provides tools that all actors can
use to create, develop, measure and assess SIs.
This toolbox for Ex-ante Impact Assessment of social innovation proposes a series
of convenient and useful tools to apply in an ex-ante assessment of social innovation.
It aims to be a practical guide to both assessor and assesses by structuring the development
and decision process, thereby providing «grip» to policymakers, social investors and social
innovators within the complex process of assessing the impact of a social innovation.
This toolbox was created to help policy makers at local, regional, national and EU
levels reflect on their role in the social innovation milieu. It then offers guidance to
help establish the primary conditions for an eco-system conducive to stimulating, resourcing
and sustaining social innovation.
January 23, 2017
SIMPACT supports the main players in social innovation. SI Business Toolbox and
SI Evaluation Toolbox are launched.
New SIMPACT Working Paper on The Interplay between Technological and Social Innovation published.
The paper looks at the co-evolution of technological and social innovation and highlights the importance of policies in support of
social innovators, innovation networks as well as technology and knowledge intensive inputs and outputs.
New SIMPACT Working Paper on A Theoretical Framework for the Economic Underpinnings of SI published.
The paper proposes middle-range theorising (MRT) is proposed as an appropriate method to theoretically underpin and substantiate theoretical
advancements towards a multidisciplinary perspective on the economic dimensions of social innovation, identifying the direction of future empirical inquiries.
New SIMPACT Project Report on Social Innovation Simulation Model and Scenarios published.
This report describes the theoretical model of social innovation to aim at getting further insights about its economic
underpinnings. The baseline model provides a set of predictions by simulating the analytical solution.
New SIMPACT Working Paper Stimulation, Resourcing and Sustaining Social Innovation published.
This paper explores the conditions under which the state either enables or constrains effective social innovation by transcending the
boundaries between different actors.
New SIMPACT Working Paper on Ex-Ante Impact Assessment #& Value Network Analysis for SI published.
In this paper, a conceptual framework is presented to conduct an ex-ante impact assessment for social innovation.