This resource was created to help policy makers at local, regional, national and EU levels reflect on
their role in the social innovation milieu. It then offers guidance to
help establish the primary conditions for an ecosystem conducive to stimulating,
resourcing and sustaining social innovation.
What is it for?
It does not provide a blueprint. Rather it should be used as a means of stimulating
critical reflection within public policy making bodies, and constructive dialogue
between policy makers and the wider community of stakeholders in each social
policy field. Its 24 components can be used as a marker against which to test the
effectiveness of current organisational structures and governance arrangements, the
quality of stakeholder relationships, and the alignment of administrative and fiscal
What's in it for you?
Its ultimate purpose is to promote fresh thinking that leads to real innovation in the way
that social policies are conceived and delivered. Power sharing, inclusion, dialogue
and trust are the vital ingredients in helping ensure the capability of European welfare
systems to meet the needs of the next generation. But they require structural change
at the heart of the policy process to make them happen.