Removing barriers to Social Innovation (Work Package 3)


WP3 will produce an analysis of the financial, regulatory, recognition and other barriers that impede the development of social innovation and enterprise in Europe – both a macro (business and public sector) and a micro levels (pilots, local social enterprises) and it will outline the models, methods, policies and regulatory frameworks required to overcome these barriers, through a comparative analysis of social innovations in different sectors and countries, regions and cities in Europe.

Description of work

The development and growth of social innovation is impeded by a range of factors: access to finance, poorly developed networks and intermediaries, limited skills and support structures, limited access to finance, and issue around leadership and enabling cultures. These do not exist in isolation and there is a complex interplay between these different factors. The barriers will also vary depending on the stage of the innovation process. The first task in this work package is to review the existing theoretical and empirical literature to identify the major barriers at the different stages of the innovation process:

  • Barriers to diagnosing, prompting and inspiring innovation
  • Barriers to proposing creative solutions and idea generation
  • Barriers to piloting and prototyping new innovations
  • Barriers to sustaining innovation
  • Barriers to collective action organization
  • Barriers to scaling and growth

Tasks include:

  • Literature survey and establishment of a conceptual framework for analysing barriers to social innovation
  • Comparative analysis of the barriers and mechanisms of overcoming these