Social Innovation Ecosystem Index

In all V4 countries Social Innovation (SI) is not treated with due seriousness. Innovation is rather attached to technology or business than to solving social problems. Us and all our partner-organisations are trying to change this attitude among key stakeholders in our everyday work and we know very well that we need diverse and effective tools to work with in order to achieve our goals. Within V4 cooperation and with Visegrad support we will establish a new tool for rising SI importance – Social Innovation Ecosystem Index (SIEI) which as well will give us (and other NGO/public entities) a package of new arguments and signposts – why SI is important and where in the specific country we need to focus its actions Partly thanks to IVS support we have collected a map of SI barriers in 3 of V4 countries: CZ, PL, SK.

This project will be partly its follow-up. We will use results of Svatobor project as a foundation for ISEI. This is a perfect example of sustaining the IVF project results Last year IVF supported development of SI ecosystems in PL and SK (2017 SI ecosystem project lead by Svatobor. Parallelly many things around SI ecosystem were done in CZ and HU. We want to profit from it and use the SI Ecosystem barriers as foundation of thematic scope in this project Index will be prepared using statistical data available in all EU countries in order to make possible (after V4 testing) to transfer it into other territories of Europe. Index will be prepared after in-depth analysis of existing indexes and methodologies from most developed markets in the world.

Consortium: BPI is leading project partner together with University of Warsaw. Other partners of the project are Civipolis o.p.s, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Ashoka Austria and Corvinus University of Budapest

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Project Outcomes

Our project results pointed out that the situation in the field of social innovations is quite similar in all countries in the Visegrad region. According to various indexes used in research, Visegrad countries are prepared for social innovation, but in various stages. The problem of the Visegrad countries, is that predispositions showed in other indexes are not showing the real state of social innovation. Our assumption was to design such index, which will be able to measure the real state of Visegrad countries towards social innovation and fill in the gaps in all selected areas of interest – 1) Policy and institutional framework, 2) Financing, 3) Entrepreneurship and 4) Society. Our intention was to find and measure social, cultural and socio-psychological behavior, views and expectations of the society, professionals and public actors and to uncover regional specific, that are crucial and have greater impact on the countries potential (readiness /implementation stage) in social innovation. 

Download list of barriers and challenges in V4 countries

As one of our main results we managed to collect the list of barriers and challenges in the filed of social innovation in all V4 countries. As we assumed some of these are quite similar, we could say almost say, on the other hand some of them are quite unique for each state. To offer the complete picture of the state in these countries we placed them into one table, which as we hope will lead to better understanding.

There were 6 events completely supporting  and explaining the idea behind the project and introducing the social innovation to the ground of Visegrad countries.  Events took place in Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and in Bratislava.  Feedback from the events were positive and fruitful opening doors to the next level of cooperation in this area.  One of our main successes was the creation of simplified index in the version of play cards, which we managed to distribute in between the participants. These cards were received very positively and all participants took several sets of them with intention to test them on their own.  To try these cards please download all three attachments below where there are clear instructions on how they should be used. 

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