IESI - ICT-Enabled Social Innovation in support to the implementation of the EU Social Investment Package
OPEN CALL FOR TENDER - DEADLINE 8th JULY 2016
Development and piloting of a computer-based simulation model to assess the impact of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment in the EU (i-FRAME 2.0).
The study aims at providing support to JRC-IPTS to develop and pilot computer-based simulation software to implement the methodological framework to assess the impact generated by ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment (in short i-FRAME), designed as part of IESI research from 2014–2015.
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IESI 4th Workshop in Seville, 7th-8th April 2016
The Workshop took place at JRC-IPTS premises in Seville, with the aim to discuss the findings of the IESI Mapping and Case studies conducted in 2015 as well as to validate the theoretical and methodological approach underpinning the framework to assess the social and economic impacts of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment (i-FRAME).
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Research Background and Policy Context
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) in collaboration with DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, is conducting a three-year research project to explore the nature and impact of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting the objectives of the EU Social Investment Package for growth and social cohesion (SIP).
Launched in 2013 to support the implementation of the EU 2020 strategy, the SIP Communication urges the European Union's Member States to prioritise social investment and the modernisation of their welfare systems. This will help them to address unemployment, poverty and social exclusion challenges brought about by the economic crisis and sustainability challenges posed by the ageing population trends.
Within this context social investment relies on social innovation to provide solutions that produce better results than existing solutions or the status quo. Social innovations can improve the efficiency of social policies and their effectiveness in addressing societal challenges and also facilitate life-long investment in human capital. The SIP emphasizes that the potential of social innovation is further increased by the growing range of available innovative solutions based on ICTs.
What is ICT-Enabled Social Innovation?
'A new configuration or combination of social practices providing new or better answers to social protection system challenges and needs of individuals throughout their lives, which emerges from the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to establish new relationships or strengthen collaborations among stakeholders and foster open processes of co-creation and/or re-allocation of public value'.
JRC-IPTS, Misuraca et al, 2015 (IESI D1.2.1)
The goal of the research is to explore the potential contribution of ICT-enabled social innovation to the implementation of the SIP with specific regard to how it can enhance integrated approaches to social services delivery in different welfare systems within the EU.
Specific objectives of the research are to:
Provide a deeper understanding of how EU Member States can make better use of ICT-enabled social innovation to implement the actions suggested in the SIP.
Contribute to building a knowledge bank on social policies as foreseen in the SIP, by providing results of a structured analysis of initiatives.
Develop a methodological framework of analysis of the impacts generated by ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment.
The expected outcome of the IESI research project is to provide EU policy makers and Member States with evidence-based examples of successful initiatives and a methodological framework to assess their impacts in economic and social terms.
IESI Research Design
Activities and Results
Proposed methodological framework to assess the social and economic impact of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment in the EU - i-FRAME V1.5 (D2.2)
i-FRAME: initial proposal of methodological framework to assess the social and economic impact of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment in integrated approaches to social services provision, including active and healthy ageing, V.1.0 (D2.1)
Mapping and Analysis of ICT-enabled Social Innovation initiatives promoting social investment in integrated approaches to the provision of social services: IESI Knowledge Map 2015 (D1.2)
Mapping and Analysis of ICT-enabled Social Innovation initiatives promoting social investment in 'Active and Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care', covering the areas of independent living and integrated care (D1.1.1)
2014 Mapping and Analysis of ICT-enabled Social Innovation initiatives promoting social investment in Integrated approaches to the provision of Social Services (D1.2.1)
The IESI research started in January 2014 with a first round of the mapping and analysis of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives in the area of integrated approaches to the provision of social services, including active and healthy ageing and long term care.
The IESI Knwoledge Map 2014 - A dynamic view (presentation)
IESI Knowledge Map 2014
4th IESI Experts and Stakeholders' Consultation Workshop, Seville 6th, 7th and 8th April 2016
3rd IESI Experts and Stakeholders' Consultation Workshop, Seville 9th – 10th July 2015
2nd IESI Experts and Stakeholders' Consultation Workshop, Brussels 24th – 25th February 2015
1st IESI Experts and Stakeholders' Consultation Workshop, Brussels 4th November 2014
ICT Enabled Social Innovation in support to the implementation of the EU Social Investment Package (presentation)
Contribution to Policy and Scientific Events
Social Protection Committee Meeting,
Brussels, 23 February 2015
4th Annual Convention of the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, Brussels, 20-21 November 2014
IESI Team and Contact details:
IESI functional mailbox:
Gianluca Misuraca (IESI Project Leader): Gianluca.MISURACA@ec.europa.eu
Csaba Kucsera: Csaba.KUCSERA@ec.europa.eu
Giulio Pasi: Giulio.PASI@ext.ec.europa.eu
Maria Dolores Romero-Lopez: Maria-Dolores.ROMERO-LOPEZ@ec.europa.eu