In Research


Year: 2022
Published in: Publications Office of the European Union
Cited as: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Barnett, S., Scaling-up social innovation : seven steps for using ESF+, Publications Office of the European Union, 2022,


Social Innovation, ESF+


This toolkit recommends seven strategic steps to follow in support of scaling-up of social innovations.
The seven steps are inspired by a range of European and other research projects, practical experiences, European Union (EU) policy acquis, and dialogue about research, practice and policy. This toolkit is primarily meant to serve ESF managing authorities and intermediate bodies, as well as meriting the attention of stakeholders more widely. The toolkit was developed for and with the Community of Practice on Social Innovation, under the ESF Transnational Cooperation Platform.
The aim is to help Member States to make strategic use of their national ESF resources for scaling-up social innovation. Therefore, the toolkit is complementary to the guide for social experimentation (European Commission, 2022), designed to support stakeholders in building transnational projects under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) strand of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).