Social Innovation Briefing Social Services Europe
Social Services Europe, the EU-level network of social service providers, has drafted a briefing paper on "Social Innovation – The Role of Social Service Providers”. The document picks up on recent developments with regards to the importance of social innovation in context with the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy promoting "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. The Social Services Europe Briefing presents three key messages to policy makers:
- Social innovation in social services can be described as the process by which new responses to social needs are developed in order to deliver better social outcomes and address new social challenges. They are considered to be innovative by their novelty, ability to improve the efficiency of pre-existing solutions and environmental, economic and organisational sustainability.
- With their long-term experience and commitment, Social Services Europe members play a key role in making each stage of the social innovation process a success. They can maximise the social impact of innovation policy and can help to ensure that resources allocated to social innovation are best used to make progress towards the headline targets of Europe 2020 Strategy for ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’.
- In order to involve social service providers in all stages of the innovation process and maximise the impact of their contribution, Social Services Europe calls on policymakers at EU level to set up and sustain an appropriate legal, political and financial environment. Recommendations include e.g. Support: Social service providers should be supported to play a full role in identifying social needs and in ensuring that social innovations are developed and scaled up; Capacity building: Social service providers should be able to access capacity building opportunities to strengthen their participation in social innovation; Recognition: The key role and expertise of social service providers should be recognised at EU, national, regional and local level and they should be involved as partners in various programmes to support social innovation.
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