Mapping Social Innovations

Search for social innovations: Your help is needed!

Within SI-DRIVE we are currently gathering information on social innovations. We thereby ask for your assistance: please nominate social innovations which you would like to see added to our database. The information collected will feed into our database with the help of which we aim at a global mapping of social innovations (for further information please see below).

In case of interest, please complete a short questionnaire by following the link provided below. The survey consists of 5 questions. It will take you about 15 minutes to complete.

You can complete the survey also for more than one social innovation.

Thank you very much for your assistance!

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European and Global Mapping
Within the European and global mapping an overview of social innovation and its different,  regional and cultural background and differentiations is provided. The main task is to compare European with global regional approaches, analyse the different approaches and priorities, identifying good practice and lessons learnt.

Starting with a first methodology round-up against the background of the theoretical framework for the first empirical phase (state of the art review, collecting cases), two phases of empirical research are planned:

  • Mapping 1 as a first global synopsis of the state of the art of social innovations, and after a new theoretical and methodological up-scaling (see figure below)


  • Mapping 2 as an in-depth analysis of selected cases to discover prototypes or a typology of social innovations (see figure below).


Both mapping exercises will lead to two activities: First, integration of foresight aspects from preceding work packages on policy, and, second, specification of implications for social innovation policies.

The main database resulting from the European and global mapping survey will comprise 1000+ social innovation cases derived from different sources such as social innovators (practitioners) and the broader the public, invited institutions funding or supporting social innovation, external databases from research institutes or award giving organisations, and partners. In addition to regional and policy field classification the database will feature a criteria-based assessment system that allows to qualitatively describe the main dimensions of the mapped social innovations as well as to assign
quantitative scores to these dimensions.