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RISIS policymakers sessions: ESID, investigating social innovation in Europe

Abdullah Gök; Emanuela Reale; Dietmar Lampert

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    <title>RISIS policymakers sessions: ESID, investigating social innovation in Europe</title>
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    <date dateType="Issued">2021-12-10</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;The&amp;nbsp;9th RISIS Policymakers Session&amp;nbsp;took place&amp;nbsp;on the&amp;nbsp;3rd December&amp;nbsp;in an online format (11 am &amp;ndash; 13 am) with a presentation of&amp;nbsp; Dr. Abdullah G&amp;ouml;k&amp;nbsp;(University of Strathclyde), entitled&amp;nbsp;What is really social innovation in practice?&amp;nbsp;aiming&amp;nbsp;to explore the complex dimension of Social Innovation and in particular to analyse the correspondence of the different definitions of Social Innovation, using&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=""&gt;RISIS-ESID&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;European Social Innovation Database. Emanuela Reale illustrated the RISIS project, aims and achievements reached so far.&amp;nbsp;Dietmar Lampert, Centre for Social Innovation, has been&amp;nbsp;involved as discussant.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;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 (&lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;) which enables the reader to view the underlying data and interactively engage with the analysis.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;Through an extensive review of literature of the multitude of&amp;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.&amp;nbsp;ESID&amp;nbsp;does not adopt a specific definition of Social Innovation but&amp;nbsp;scores projects based on the four components&amp;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.&amp;nbsp;Currently ESID contains&amp;nbsp;11,441 projects from 153 countries. The analyses focuses on over&amp;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.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;The study conducted by&amp;nbsp;University of Strathclyde&amp;nbsp;shows that&amp;nbsp;the topics derived from&amp;nbsp;EU policy priorities&amp;nbsp;have a significant correspondence in real life SI projects in the EU, with only about&amp;nbsp;15% of the projects&amp;nbsp;not associated with at least one of the topics compared to about 35% in North America. The analysis &amp;nbsp;shows also that there is significant &amp;ldquo;policy pull&amp;rdquo; on social innovation topics. Only about&amp;nbsp;10% of the projects&amp;nbsp;are not associated by one of the&amp;nbsp;EU priority societal grand challenges, compared to one third of the North American projects.&lt;/p&gt;


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