The field of social innovation and social innovation research is developing rapidly. This short report builds on the work of TEPSIE, a research project funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme and which is an acronym for The Theoretical, Empirical and Policy Foundations for Building Social Innovation in Europe.

It provides an overview of TEPSIE’s main findings and identifies future areas for further research and exploration. It focuses on eight main areas of interest:

1. Overview of the system of social innovation
2. Measuring social innovation
3. Removing barriers to social innovation
4. Generating capital flow
5. Engaging the public
6. Knowing what works
7. Growing what works
8. Using online networks to maximum effect

This research project was a collaboration between the Danish Technological Institute, the Young Foundation, the Centre of Social Investment at the University of Heidelberg, Atlantis Consulting, EIT+  at Wroclaw University and the Catholic University of Portugal.

Social innovation

Posted on: 7 April 2015


The Young Foundation

The UK’s home for community research and social innovation.

Visit The Young Foundation

Peer Research Network

Driving quality and innovation in peer research. 

Visit our network

Institute for Community Studies

A new kind of research body with people at its heart. 

Visit our research institute

© The Young Foundation 2022