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Innovative social investment: finding new routes to make social rights real

  • 12 Oct 2017
  • 13 Oct 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • 12 Oct 2017, 13:00 17:00 (CEST)
  • 13 Oct 2017, 08:30 14:30 (CEST)
  • Louvain (Brussels)
  • 1


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Thu 12 October 13:00-17:00 INNOSI internal consortium meeting

Fri 13 October 08:30-14.30 Open event: "Innovative social investment: finding new routes to make social rights real"

We hope you will join us to "get to grips" with our evidence and work out the implications for policy and practice across Europe. Find the final event pack here including details of new EU speakers and workshop briefings.

We draw on 20 European case studies of social investment, user voice testimonies, econometrics and foresight to test future directions for the European social model. Keynote by Prof. Anton Hemerijck, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at European University Institute and author of "The uses of social investment" (OUP, 2017).

Featuring leading academics from Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Karlstad University and Turku University of Applied Sciences - with critical reflections from Sari Rautio, the lead expert in impact investing at the Finnish social innovation fund Sitra.

Our evidence from 20 in-depth case studies suggests that social innovations may be initiated at the local level and driven forward by “social entrepreneurs” but that systematic change needs sponsors from the political level and continuity in the form of public funding.

Co-creation is a significant achievement in some case studies and an ideal not quite realised in others. It is perhaps a paradox that social investment relies in practice on so much volunteering. Overall, there was a lack of monitoring outcomes and weak demonstration of the social return on financial and other investments.

You can hear the voice of service users talking about their experiences of social investment here, along with interviews with the project team.


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