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How to better prepare social experimentation project proposals ? A new practical guide to support project promoters

Jul 29, 2022 | News

AEIDL has led the development of a guide for project promoters on social innovation. This new guide provides a solid understanding of social experimentation and practical advice for project development. The guide was developed through co-creation and it Shaped by lessons learnt from previous social experimentation projects financed through the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme, as well as literature on practices in the field of social innovation, the guide includes a variety of examples on tools, models, and methods used. 

Social innovation projects aim to provide innovative solutions to today’s societal challenges. The European Social Fund+ (ESF+) provides the right instruments to develop these solutions in the areas of employment, education, skills, and social inclusion. To help Member States and stakeholders support and develop social innovation under the ESF+, the Commission has just published two complementary guides.

This practical methodological guide aims to support practitioners, primarily future EaSI project promoters preparing a social experimentation proposal in the 2021-2027 programming period. However, it can also be useful for other stakeholders, notably those responding to ESF+ national and regional calls on social innovation under shared management. 

In addition, this guide can raise awareness of policymakers and funding organisations at all levels (EU, national, regional and local), in particular ESF+ Managing Authorities, about the value of social experimentation.

They can use the results of already successfully tested social experimentations or design and launch new specific calls to test innovative solutions addressing their policy needs, which may help avoid some failures and associated costs. This should improve the design of policies, programmes, calls and funding mechanisms to support social innovations and social experimentations.