Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings (SIMPACT)

January 2014 - December 2016

SIMPACT was a research collaboration between twelve partners from ten European countries that aimed at understanding the economic foundation of social innovation (SI) targeting marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. With their distinctive characteristics, practices that are gathered under the term social innovations ideally facilitate the activation of these groups through empowerment and therewith, contribute to social and/or economic impact. The project revolved around seven distinct scientific work packages aimed at underpinning the building blocks of the project's integrated learning cycle combining a theoretical foundation, data collection, analysis and modelling, building the base for the development of tools, methods and instruments for social innovation stakeholders.

Funding source: FP7
Coordinator: Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Work and Technology (IAT)
Partners: Technical University Dortmund, Centre for Social Research, Social Innovation Centre - SINNERGIAK (SIN), CIS , Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research (TNO), University of Maastricht, Maastricht Economic & Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UM-MERIT), Politecnico di Milano, NEOMA Business School , University of Bath, NORDREGIO , University of Eastern-Finland, Karelian Institute
Contact Person: Mehtap Akgüç