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i-FRAME – Making sense of social policy innovation: A proposed approach to assess impacts of social investment in the EU

The European Union aims to forge a better future for Europe through promoting activities that place social innovation at the core of future policies. In order to monitor the implementation of the Social Union a methodological framework to assess the...

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Identification
JRC nr: JRC109113
Publication date
23 November 2017

Description

The European Union aims to forge a better future for Europe through promoting activities that place social innovation at the core of future policies. In order to monitor the implementation of the Social Union a methodological framework to assess the impacts generated by social policy innovations which promote social investment is clearly needed.
A proposal for developing such a methodological framework, named i-FRAME, has been advanced by JRC, with the objective to serve as a comprehensive and structured approach for conducting analysis of the economic and social returns on investments of social policy innovations. The i-FRAME may also act as a guide to gather insights into replicability and transferability of such social investment initiatives in the EU.
This issue summarises the i-FRAME theoretical and methodological approach proposed, as well as the efforts conducted to validate and pilot test some of its operational components on a number of case studies and scenarios of use, with the help of external experts.
An overview of some of the operational components suggested for the implementation of the final proposal for i-FRAME (V2.0) are then presented, together with the key elements that should be planned to develop a comprehensive i-FRAME Web-Platform and simulator for social impact assessment. Conclusions are then offered in terms of directions for future research, paving the way towards the i-FRAME (V3.0) and beyond.

Authors:

MISURACA Gianluca, CODAGNONE Cristiano, PASI Giulio

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