The database provides a set of criteria for screening social innovation interventions. These criteria result from an extensive research among more than 200 projects and are very useful to monitoring and evaluation stakeholders.
The database can offer examples of social innovations that can be used as peer learning across different contexts.
This database is a source of information and data on:
Thus, each project can be an inspiration for monitoring and evaluation. It can be used in answering the question about the impact of social innovation on a specific indicator. How, why and under what circumstances has social innovation increased participation or increased sales, or supported competitiveness? Evaluators can use it first, to understand better the concept of social innovation, which is relatively new in rural development policy, and second, as an example of what data to collect or what types of information to seek. In addition, the database contains examples from many non-agricultural policies that are active in rural areas, including policies targeting social needs and demands, policies targeting societal challenges and policies targeting institutional change, participation and inclusion of civil society.
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When looking at the social innovation examples in the database, it is important to have in mind that the data comes from self assessments and self perceptipons of the people working in these projects. It therefore reflects what is relevant for them and the dimensions that make a diffrence in terms of development in rural areas.
The database is available for free, accessible online, downloadable and continuously updated. However, validation and quality control of the database is required over time.