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RISIS policymakers sessions: ESID, investigating social innovation in Europe

Abdullah Gök; Emanuela Reale; Dietmar Lampert

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.5772776", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Abdullah G\u00f6k"
      "family": "Emanuela Reale"
      "family": "Dietmar Lampert"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>The&nbsp;9th RISIS Policymakers Session&nbsp;took place&nbsp;on the&nbsp;3rd December&nbsp;in an online format (11 am &ndash; 13 am) with a presentation of&nbsp; Dr. Abdullah G&ouml;k&nbsp;(University of Strathclyde), entitled&nbsp;What is really social innovation in practice?&nbsp;aiming&nbsp;to explore the complex dimension of Social Innovation and in particular to analyse the correspondence of the different definitions of Social Innovation, using&nbsp;<a href=\"\">RISIS-ESID</a>&nbsp;European Social Innovation Database. Emanuela Reale illustrated the RISIS project, aims and achievements reached so far.&nbsp;Dietmar Lampert, Centre for Social Innovation, has been&nbsp;involved as discussant.</p>\n\n<p>ESID is a comprehensive database of social innovation projects utilising machine learning and text-mining to collect data. The study conducted using ESID is supported by a web app (<a href=\"\"></a>) which enables the reader to view the underlying data and interactively engage with the analysis.</p>\n\n<p>Through an extensive review of literature of the multitude of&nbsp;definitions of Social Innovation and based on previous research, the researchers identify four overall components (objectives; actors and actor interactions; outputs; innovativeness) that the definitions use in different combinations.&nbsp;ESID&nbsp;does not adopt a specific definition of Social Innovation but&nbsp;scores projects based on the four components&nbsp;mentioned above, which enables its users to construct a query based on a preferred definition. The researchers consider these components as different types of SI, each indicating to a set of specific features.&nbsp;Currently ESID contains&nbsp;11,441 projects from 153 countries. The analyses focuses on over&nbsp;6,000 SI projects included in ESID, illustrating the prevalence of these types of SI as well as their relationship with each other, geography and topics.</p>\n\n<p>The study conducted by&nbsp;University of Strathclyde&nbsp;shows that&nbsp;the topics derived from&nbsp;EU policy priorities&nbsp;have a significant correspondence in real life SI projects in the EU, with only about&nbsp;15% of the projects&nbsp;not associated with at least one of the topics compared to about 35% in North America. The analysis &nbsp;shows also that there is significant &ldquo;policy pull&rdquo; on social innovation topics. Only about&nbsp;10% of the projects&nbsp;are not associated by one of the&nbsp;EU priority societal grand challenges, compared to one third of the North American projects.</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>", 
  "title": "RISIS policymakers sessions: ESID, investigating social innovation in Europe", 
  "type": "speech", 
  "id": "5772776"
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