In an effort to better understand the various forms of social innovation, mapping has become a common and widely applied method for gaining insights into social innovation practices. The transdisciplinary nature of social innovation research has led to a plurality of distinct approaches and methods. Given the increasing interest in social innovation, and the apparent endeavour among policymakers to utilise social innovation to address current societal challenges, it is argued that mapping efforts need to be streamlined in order to make better use of their results. The article describes the methodological approaches of 17 research projects and provides a systematic overview on project objectives, SI definitions and mapping approaches.
This article provides the results of the Regional Social Innovation Index (RESINDEX), a conceptual and empirical model that explores indicators of social innovation at organizational and regional level. The RESINDEX model links absorptive capacity of knowledge and social innovation in four types of key regional agents: profit and non-profit organizations, universities, and technological centres. The pilot application of the RESINDEX model held in the Basque Country (Spain) during the year 2013. Within the framework of this study 282 regional organizations were surveyed. The article contributes to the conceptual and empirical discussion on indicators in social innovation.
In their article the authors elaborate on the potential of social innovation and especially digital social innovation to tackle digitally excluded persons' needs. Public internet access points are key infrastructures driving the digital inclusion of marginalized persons. Empirical results presented in this paper shows that these players act socially innovative by creating collaborative spaces for digital inclusion, by developing hybrid staff competence profiles and by creating community-based, intergenerational learning content.
The paper examines the necessity for new modes of policy production arising from the revitalisation of social innovation as means of tackling the socio-economic challenges that regions are facing. It argues that a positive role for the state in stimulating, resourcing and sustaining social innovation means moving beyond traditional ways of designing and delivering public policies and programmes.
The paper describes the work done in the two contexts discussing their purposes and tools and outlining two formats of intervention for co-designing services with citizen participation. The first model relates to people's engagement, while the second is more linked to their empowerment. Thus the discussion focuses on the relation between them, highlighting the role and form of service designer action in the shift from engaging to empowering people in enhancing social innovation.
RESINDEX (Regional Social Innovation Index) is a system of indicators to measure social innovation dimensions in projects developed by regional agents (companies, universities, NGO and technological centres). RESINDEX was developed by SINNERGIAK Social Innovation Center (University of the Basque Country) in cooperation with Basque Agency of Innovation (INNOBASQUE).