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..:: Social Innovation (SI-DRIVE)

Brief Overview SI-Drive
SI-DRIVE is a unique EU-funded research project with global reach which represents the most ambitious review and analysis of social innovation to date. It represents a collaborative research effort which includes an extensive mapping of social innovations in eight major world regions as well as extensive analysis at several levels. The European and global mapping provides an overview of social innovation and its different, regional and cultural background and differentiations. Further, SI-DRIVE examines the role of current public policies in this context. This includes considerations how public policies can enable both the development of social innovations in the first place and subsequently their diffusion and up-scaling for the purpose of achieving favorable systemic change. As one component, theoretical research is undertaken to provide insights into the nature of social innovation and its relations with public policy. The project also includes in-depth analysis of case studies in seven policy areas including, Education, Employment, Environment, Energy, Health and Social care, Mobility and transport, Poverty and Sustainable Development.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2015, with the collection and structuring of one thousand cases of Social Innovation from around the world. The ongoing second phase carries out in-depth analysis of some 70 vibrant cases.

Among published articles, see an article on Comparative Analysis: http://www.si-drive.eu/?p=2283

As for the general direction of work, policy recommendations are aimed for in the following areas:

  • Collaboration between public administration/policy makers and social innovation/innovators.
  • The operation and tools used by public administration.
  • Skill and competencies that are needed in order for public policy makers to contribute effectively in regard to, e.g.  how to manage networks, address systems dynamics, harnessing collective intelligence, and; fostering social innovation.
  • Ways to build on social innovation to help build resilient communities and societies.
On the partners:
SI-Drive is coordinated by the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Within SI-Drive, IKED is responsible for the policy analysis and mapping of social Innovations in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) as well as in Western Asia, or the Arab Gulf (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The other SI-DRIVE partners from the EU are:

More information about SI-Drive:
An overview of the iniial planning of SI-Drive
The SI-Drive webpage, including quarterly E-newsletters, is available here

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