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Examination of social Innovations as contribution of the Third Sector on societal developments


Objective: Verifying the impact of the Third Sector on socio-economic developments in Europe.

The ITSSOIN project – funded by the European Commission – was based on the assumption that the impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe can be captured by investigating its role in creating social innovation. The project explored the impact of the third sector and civic engagement on society as a whole, focusing on the role of social innovation in developing this impact. Based on an empirical portrait of the Third Sector in nine countries, the project explored the influence of structural characteristics of non-profit organizations and civic engagement on social innovations. Thereby ITSSOIN focused on organizations (properties and practices) and context conditions (discourses and policy frameworks). Field, that were studied: culture & arts; social services; health care; environmental sustainability; consumer protection; work integration; and community development.

March 2014 - March 2017

Project team
Prof. Dr. Helmut K. Anheier (project manager)
Dr. Gorgi Krlev
Dr. Georg Mildenberger

European Commission (FP-7)