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décembre 2019

Handbook : Social innovation

Publié le 15 mars 2021 - Mise à jour le 08 février 2024
How do we go about identifying the socially innovative character of a project in order to provide better guidance and support? This publication produced by Avise, with the support of the Caisse des Dépôts and the European Social Fund, provides the keys to understanding and identifying social innovation, as well as the basic practical information required to better guide, support and finance a socially innovative project.

Recognising an entrepreneurial social innovation project, for better guidance, support and funding

The social innovation momentum is real. That said, it still requires more recognition, support and funding in order to increase its capacity to trigger the emergence of solutions addressing the major challenges facing our society. This handbook, produced by Avise, offers a social innovation awareness-raising summary aimed at support and finance professionals, as well as public sector stakeholders in territorial economic development.

Avise’s work on social innovation takes as its reference the definition used by the Conseil supérieur de l’économie sociale et solidaire (French Social and Solidarity Council) :

SOCIAL INNOVATION consists in developing new solutions to address new or inadequately met social needs within existing market and social policy conditions, involving the participation and cooperation of the players concerned, particularly users and consumers. These innovations concern the product or service, as well as the mode of organisation, distribution, (etc.). They go through a multi-step process: emergence, experimentation, dissemination, evaluation.”


  • What is it all about?
  • Leading social innovation initiatives
  • 6 preconceptions about social innovation
  • How do we identify social innovation?
  • What support needs for a social innovation?
  • Support for a social innovation in public policies
  • Where should people take a socially innovative projet?
  • 5 things to do right now


Innovation sociale

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