This resource 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 ecosystem conducive to stimulating, resourcing and sustaining social innovation.
It does not provide a blueprint. Rather it should be used as a means of stimulating critical reflection within public policy making bodies, and constructive dialogue between policy makers and the wider community of stakeholders in each social policy field. Its 24 components can be used as a marker against which to test the effectiveness of current organisational structures and governance arrangements, the quality of stakeholder relationships, and the alignment of administrative and fiscal procedures..
Its ultimate purpose is to promote fresh thinking that leads to real innovation in the way that social policies are conceived and delivered. Power sharing, inclusion, dialogue and trust are the vital ingredients in helping ensure the capability of European welfare systems to meet the needs of the next generation. But they require structural change at the heart of the policy process to make them happen..
January 23, 2017