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Carrefour des innovations sociales

AEIDL will participate in the ‘Carrefour des innovations sociales’, a new French collaborative platform for social innovation.

Following the initiative of CGET (the French government’s office for land planning, and territorial and urban policy), La Fonda (a well-established think tank working with associations) and around 50 more partners, France is launching the ‘Carrefour des innovations sociales’ (Social Innovation Hub).

This digital platform aims at unleashing the potential of social innovation, providing spaces for co-construction.

AEIDL has joined the project, hoping to bring a European dimension to it by rallying other Member States to the approach.

  • Partners: Commissariat général à l'égalité des territoires (CGET), La Fonda and 50 other organisations
  • Duration: April 2018 - ...

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Social Innovation Europe

To animate the Social Innovation Europe initiative, the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) has contracted a consortium associating AEIDL and SIX (Social Innovation eXchange, UK), with Euclid Network, Young Foundation, EMES, Nesta, Groupe SOS, Partners Albania and the Danish Technological Institute.

According to Wikipedia, social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — that extend and strengthen civil society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques and also the innovations which have a social purpose — like microcredit or distance learning.

Since SIE begun in 2011, the social innovation field has expanded, dramatically. There are more projects, funding, competitions, research and awareness of this field. 2014-2016 is a significant time in Europe to continue to be active in building and bringing this field together.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry
  • Partners: AEIDL and SIX with the Danish Technological Institute (Denmark), EMES (international), Euclid Network (Europe), Groupe SOS (France), Nesta (UK), Partners Albania (Albania) and Young Foundation (UK)
  • Duration: August 2014-July 2016

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European Social Fund Actions to Promote Local Employment Initiatives

Within its technical assistance to the European Social Fund’s strands on Transnational Cooperation and Innovation, DG EMPL assigned AEIDL to examine how Local Employment Initiatives have been supported by ESF over the last ten years.

A synthesis report was the final step in this mission, intended to enable the European Commission to make a sound input into the political discussions, at EU level and between the Member States, on the achievements of the ESF in promoting social innovations and mobilising for change at local level.

The first task was to review 10 Member States (Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Sweden) to determine how their ESF Operational Programmes had supported Local Employment Initiatives (LEIs) over the last 10 years, which bridge the last and current programming periods. Another set of 4 Member States (France, Germany, Spain and the UK) was subject to a further comprehensive analysis of the institutional context in which LEIs are implemented and delivered, and the related funding arrangements. The idea was to identify major trends and innovative elements in the development of LEIs that have received ESF support. Five case studies were identified to illustrate such trends.

All these background elements, including the working paper submitted for discussion during the two peer learning exchanges in November 2010 and February 2011, constitute an appendix to the synthesis report, available upon request.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Duration: November 2010-February 2011

Evaluation of the social affairs aspect of the European Social Fund

To evaluate the social inclusion aspects of the Open Method of Coordination ("social OMC"), the European Commission's DG Employment and Social Affairs selected a consortium led by the Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI, Vilnius, Lithuania), which also included AEIDL as a partner.

This project helped to strengthen AEIDL’s expertise in the area of evaluating social policies, building on work already done by the association in the area of ESF transnational cooperation. The evaluation approach included a "bottom-up" dimension, allowing for an examination of the role played by local initiatives in public policies.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Partners: PPMI (Lithuania), TARKI (Hungary) and others
  • Duration: 2009

Final evaluation of the "One-Stop-Mobility-Shops" project

Co-funded through the PROGRESS programme and piloted by ECAS (European Citizen Action Service), this project involved the networking the support services available to vulnerable immigrants. It focused on four pilot areas: South Tyrone, Ireland; Paris, France; Wiekopolska, Poland; and London, the United Kingdom.

The objective was to identify the potential added value and benefits of "One-Stop-Mobility-Shops".

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Partners: ECAS and others
  • Duration: January-March 2009

Study on "The interaction between local employment development and corporate social responsibility"

AEIDL, in partnership with a network of researchers led by KMU Forschung Austria, the Austrian Institute for SME research, was selected by the European Commission to carry out a study on the links between local development and corporate social responsibility.

The success of local employment initiatives largely depends on the level of involvement of businesses in local communities. The study covered the 27 EU Member States as well as Australia and Canada.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Partners: KMU Forschung Austria and others
  • Duration: 2008

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Evaluation of "Défis Sud", a magazine on north/south solidarity

In November 2005, AEIDL was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the "Défis Sud" magazine.

With a print-run of thousands of copies, the magazine is produced by “SOS Faim”, a Belgian NGO working in development cooperation. Défis Sud is an awareness-raising instrument, which also encourages debate. It contains in-depth and well researched articles relating to food issues in Africa and Latin America.

One of the questions which the evaluator had to answer was how the magazine could better merge its roles of encouraging debate and providing information on the activities of SOS Faim.

A further question was how SOS Faim could add value to the magazine, giving it an advantage over other publications dealing with similar themes?

AEIDL conducted a qualitative evaluation and the recommendations put forward informed decision-making and changes within SOS Faim.

  • Client: SOS Faim (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2005

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Journalistic summary report for "Frères des Hommes"

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of "Frères des Hommes” in September 2005, AEIDL was given the task of writing a report on a conference organised in Paris by this French NGO.

The theme of the conference was: “From the south to the north, the poor and the excluded, actors and citizens in building a more caring world.”

The challenge was to avoid writing the report in an administrative style, instead adopting a journalistic approach that presented clearly the points of consensus and debate.

  • Client: Frères des Hommes (France)
  • Duration: 2005

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Evaluation of the "Annoncer la Couleur" programme

The Belgian Federal Department for Development Cooperation awarded AEIDL the contract for evaluating its "Annoncer la Couleur" programme.

This programme, aimed at educating people in “global citizenship", was created in March 1997 with the objective of generating "awareness among young people" of the issues involved in north-south relations.

  • Client: Federal Department for Development Cooperation (Belgium)
  • Duration: 2005

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Ex-post evaluation of ESF activities for the 1994-1999 period

In January 2003, the European Commission's DG Employment assigned a consortium led by GHK, and including AEIDL, to undertake an ex-post evaluation of ESF activities for the 1994-1999 period, covering Objectives 1, 3 and 4, as well as for the ADAPT and EMPLOYMENT EU initiatives.

AEIDL conducted the evaluation for Belgium.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs
  • Partenaires: GHK and others
  • Duration: 2003

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Evaluation of the PACTE project

In the context of the measure to support innovative actions under Article 6 of the ESF, AEIDL conducted an evaluation of the PACTE project (Programme d'Appui Croisé et de Transfert Economiques / Programme for Economic Support and Transfer).

PACTE brought together three partners - Lourdes Développement (France) as project leader, ADIVA (Allariz, Spain) and Coop Consult (Kokkola, Finland) – all representing areas where employment is mainly provided by SMEs.

AEIDL’s evaluation work focused on providing an external perspective throughout the project and measuring the gaps between the objectives envisaged at the outset and the results achievements.

Taking into account the criteria defined by the European Commission (innovation, partnership, transnationality and dissemination), AEIDL took part in the identification of best practices and innovative actions and formulated observations which were then presented to the PACTE partners and the European Commission.

  • Clients: Lourdes Développement (France), ADIVA (Spain) and Coop Consult (Finland)
  • Duration: 2003

Territorial Employment Pacts

The Territorial Employment Pacts programme was launched by the European Commission in December 1996.

AIEDL was contracted to develop a methodology for selecting and examining best practices, as well as for developing and providing content for the programme's website.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
  • Duration: 1996-1999

Helpdesk for the relays and networks of the European Union

On behalf of DG X (Information, Communication, Culture, Audiovisual), AEIDL provided technical assistance to the relays and networks of the European Union during the period 1996 to 1999.

The networks involved were the EU Rural Information Carrefours, the Info-Points Europe, the Urban Forums and the European Documentation Centres.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual Policy
  • Duration: 1996-1999

Pilot projects - Article 10 of the ERDF

AEIDL played a key role in the coordination of this programme.

AEIDL was responsible for the selection and monitoring of pilot projects under Article 10 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as for the production of network coordination and communication tools for the four themes of Article 10: new sources of employment, culture, innovation and the information society.

  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy
  • Duration: 1996-1999

"EU-Reporters" - Tour of Europe by young people involved in local development

For its tenth anniversary in 1998, AEIDL enabled eight young Europeans from different origins and cultures to travel together through seven different European Union countries in 30 days.

Aged between 18 and 27, these young women - Grit, Nuria, Elia, Sîan, Gozia, Jo, Katell and Miriam - respectively came from Germany, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, France and Ireland. Still studying or having already begun their working lives, they all had one thing in common: their involvement in the life of their local community.

Meeting other young people during their journey, they had the opportunity to exchange views on Europe and European integration. They also took part in local activities and picked up ideas, which they went on to present to the European Parliament in Brussels.

This adventure would not have been possible without the collaboration of “Rural Carrefours” and Meeting Places in Germany and France.

  • Client: AEIDL
  • Partners: EU Rural Carrefours
  • Duration: July 1998

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