RTI Policy Note on Evaluating Social Innovations [report]

Jürgen Streicher, Joanneum Research, Angela Wroblewski, Klaus Schuch, Sybille Reidl
2021 unpublished
Expectations of research, technology and innovation (RTI) policy are shifting towards effectively addressing major societal challenges. Due to its potential to increase innovative dynamics, to develop new knowledge and create new solutions, social innovation is increasingly promoted. This raises questions about (potential) effects and impacts of social innovation. The assessment of impacts is a rather new topic in this field, respective research is still in its early stages. This paper proposes
more » ... to focus on the change of social practices within RTI ecosystems when assessing social innovation. The ecosystem approach is not only a helpful concept to analyse the emergence and diffusion of social innovation in a specific context, it can also be used to support and guide policy design. Implication for evaluation design are discussed and analytical categories presented. A set of measurement dimensions is proposed that can be used in evaluation designs and for future research.
doi:10.22163/fteval.2021.519 fatcat:7gtrz4ywdnab5cjg6p4kl7pinm