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Case studies on social innovation available

The results of seven ITSSOIN case studies are now available under Publications.

The aim of ITSSOIN was to investigate the role of the Third Sector and other actors in fostering social innovation. Our case studies in the fields of Arts & Culture, Social Services, Health Care, Environmental Sustainability, Consumer Protection, Work Integration & Community Development provide new insights on this timely issue.

In a comparative setting, the case studies trace back particular social innovation streams and identify focal points and milestones in their evolution. Once these and actors engaged in the process have been identified, the documents discuss organizational properties and field conditions which have supported the emergence of social innovations.

In addition to other central ITSSOIN results on the role of volunteering in social innovation or media perceptions of the Third Sector, central insights from the case studies will be discussed during the concluding conference, taking place in Brussels on February 20th. If you are interested in participating in the conference, please register here.


ITSSOIN project review

The last months were a very productive time for ITSSOIN. Prior to the completion of the case selections (published here), we had several internal meetings and events.

In March, our consortium meeting took place in Milan, hosted by Bocconi University. At the centre of this meeting were the upcoming case studies, the case selection process the stakeholder workshops and ISTR 2016.

The stakeholder workshops were held in May and June in each of our empirical work packages. Researchers along with a range of other stakeholders were invited to discuss ITSSOIN’s work in progress.

Several members of the ITSSOIN consortium participated in the ISTR conference in Stockholm in June. We presented ITSSOIN findings on volunteering, media perceptions & policy discourses on social innovation and the third sector in Europe. Our second contributions was a tentative glance at findings from the ITSSOIN case work.

On 17-18 October, the ITSSOIN consortium will meet again in Brno (Czech Republic) to discuss the results of the empirical work and to prepare for the final phase of the project.

The empirical results of our case studies will be published soon.

Reports on ITSSOIN field descriptions available now

Based on the country selection carried out in work package 2 ITSSOIN_D2_4_Country selection a compilation of seven highly insightful field descriptions in nine ITSSOIN countries is available for you to download now on

Over the last months, ITSSOIN partners engaged in extensive analysis of the structure and dynamics of the various fields they had agreed to research on. The resulting deliverables of work packages 4-7 now allow us to draw a clear picture of the structures in the diverse fields of arts and culture, community development, environmental sustainability, health, consumer protection in finance, social services and work integration.

All descriptions inform about the most important actors from the state, the market, and the third sector as well as the central regulative characteristics and their most important changes over the past 10 years. Yet, what is more – addressing the question of social innovation, we managed to identify up to 8 innovation streams per field and country! A promising result to carry out a well-informed case selection and proceed to the next research steps, analyzing those dynamics in depth.

Most recent papers of the project online now

Eager for more insights on the topic of social innovation we are looking forward to another successful half of the ITSSOIN project. Complementary to our mid-term conference taking place in Paris this week we invite you to read on the progress made so far.

The deliverables provided on this website promise in-depth knowledge of the distinct work steps within work packages 1-3 of the ITSSOIN project and are an insightful means to update yourself with the progress of our most recent findings.

Proceed to Publications or to the distinct work packages to download our papers now!

Time to get together!

It’s half time for the ITSSOIN project. Time to get together and reflect on the results of our interim investigations! After one year of extensive research we will hold the project’s mid-term conference. It will take place on July 8, 2015 at ESSEC Business School in Paris.

Along with presentations of up-to-date project outcomes there will be opportunity to participate in workshops and discussions on the project’s current process and first empirical findings. Focus will be on the research approach and realization of case studies analysing social innovation across countries in different fields, including culture & arts, social services, health care, environmental sustainability, consumer protection, work integration and community development.

How do processes of social innovation work and what influences them? What is the role of third sector organisations in social innovation in different fields? And what role does volunteering play therein? Get in touch with practitioners, engage in discussions with social innovation academics and exchange your ideas and experience with policy makers. The ITSOOIN mid-term conference is a unique opportunity to gain insights and comment on the findings of this highly topical and promising European project.

Please get in touch with Stina Preuss from CSI Centre for Social Investment if you want to join the conference.

Publication in the Service Industries Journal by ITSSOIN consortium members

We want to congratulate our partners from the University of A Coruña and the University of Oviedo for their publication in the current edition of the Service Industries Journal. The article analyzes social innovation under the umbrella of the transformative service research framework. Adopting a resource-based perspective, the research attempts to determine whether the deployment in service organizations of two types of factors that support dynamic capabilities, i.e. internal market orientation, and information and communication technology competence, impacts the extent to which these organizations develop different kinds of product, process, marketing, and organizational social innovations. The study also assesses the impact of these innovation activities on the organization’s transformational performance in terms of increased access to new targets. Empirical research is based on a two-step survey to a sample of Spanish nonprofits (particularly, a representative sample of foundations), since the nonprofit sector provides services that possess inherent transformational characteristics. Results confirm the expected positive effects of these two factors on social innovation and performance, and provide several guidelines for implementing social innovations in service industries.

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