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Social Innovation Metrics

Welcome to IndiSI+ - Measuring Social Innovation. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research the project strives to provide indicators on organisations’ social innovativeness, regions’ innovation capacity and resonance, to posit social innovation in the broader field of innovation.

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Levels of Measurement

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IndiSI Framework Model

Social innovations are drivers for a modern social market economy and a functioning social togetherness. But, unfortunately, we have hardly any data on social innovation and its emergence.

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Organisations’ innovativeness zooms in on the extent to which organisations implement new solutions that contribute to achieving SDGs. Indicators include structures, business models & governance etc.

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Regions’ innovation capacity is shaped by factors that denote (1) awareness to act, (2) intention to act, and (3) ability to act and their interconnections.

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Tracking online discourses shall enable us to fathom perceptions about pressing societal needs and the proposition of new solutions and actor coalitions pushing these solutions.


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Posted on June 25, 2021

Call for Participation

Are you a regional or municipal decision-maker interested in having us survey social innovation in your region? First, such a survey would help you determine who “makes” social innovation and how it works. Second, it would assist you in assessing what attitudes your citizens have to issues relevant to the emergence of social innovations and what they effectively do to contribute to their emergence. Finally, it would support you in identifying relevant problems and emerging solutions at an early stage based on the debates between social actors. Sounds exciting and relevant for your region?

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Posted on May 12, 2021

Report on »Resonance Analysis« released

With the resonance analysis, IndiSI is breaking new ground in developing indicators for measuring social innovations and addressing the gap in established foresight methods in this area. It looks at the early phases of the development processes of social innovations, at the beginning of which is the identification and perception of social needs. The relevance of social needs in a specific context, and the extent to which modified practices serve to address them, is not only dependent on objective parameters, but is collectively negotiated in social discourses and socially constructed.

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