To support the implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), launched by the European Commission in February 2013, the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), in partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), engaged in a 3 years’ research project on “ICT-enabled Social Innovation to support the Implementation of the Social Investment Package” (IESI).
The overarching aim of the IESI study is to assess the contribution of ICT-enabled social innovation to the delivery of the SIP, based on the analysis of a broad collection of well documented initiatives, which could be adjusted, scaled and replicated all across Europe.
In the first year of mapping, 70 initiatives covering a diverse range of fields (health and social services, civic engagement, housing, childcare, education and training, employment and employability, social inclusion, active aging and long-term care) were found and analysed in depth by the Commission Researchers. The reports can be accessed here.
The Young Foundation, in collaboration with the Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, and with the help of a broad network of partners and social innovation experts, is now supporting the JRC-IPTS to extend this body of knowledge by directly involving practitioners from all across Europe, facilitating exchange of information and collaboration with the Commission.
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