Horizon2020 project on Innovative Social Investment launched today

Friday 01 May 2015

Today the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit embarks on a major research and innovation project looking at how innovative social investment policies can strengthen communities in Europe. The project is called Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnoSI). It will run for 30 months asks important questions about how European welfare systems designed to protect against Twentieth Century social and economic risks need to change in the twenty first century.

The consortium is led by the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. They are joined by nine other universities from across Europe and a group of ‘impact partners’ led by the Euclid Network (

The project director, Professor Chris Fox, stressed that this is not a traditional research project:

“Understanding the experiences of people across Europe who are on the receiving end of social policies is key to our project. That’s why we will be working with Peoples’ Voice Media recruiting a 100 ‘community reporters’ from across Europe and training them so that they can report the experiences of their communities.”

He also drew attention to the emphasis within the project on making an impact:

“About a third of the €2.5 million going into this project is devoted to making sure that policy-makers across Europe engage with our research findings and that our research ultimately makes a difference to the lives of people across Europe. Making sure our research has an impact is key to our research ethos here at MMU.”

The InnoSI project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649189

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