Testing social policy innovation

SPARK training session for practitioners

Social policy innovation is an important tool to provide better and innovative solutions to social challenges and deliver better social and employment outcomes.

It therefore is an essential element for Member States' structural reforms in line with the social investment approach, as described in the Social Investment Package (SIP). Since policy reforms must be not only evidence-based, but also results-oriented, it is crucial to improve the measurement of social outcomes in particular in terms of social returns.

This training offered participants the opportunity to explore available methods to test innovative social policy reforms from a social investment perspective. Participants then used these tools to assess the investment returns of their own social policies reform proposals in terms of social outcomes.

The event covered:

  • The relevance of ‘Social Policy Innovation’;
  • How to conceive a policy reform in the social investment perspective;
  • The different methods for measuring social outcomes;
  • Support in developing your own policy evaluation;
  • Follow up training and resources available from the European Commission.

Who was this training aimed at?

Participants brought, and were selected on the basis of, a relevant social policy reform proposal. The latter will be developed throughout the session in order to assess evidence of positive outcomes in support of policy decisions. Lunch and coffee was provided.

This was part of a larger initiative from the EU Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to promote the benefits of social policy experimentation throughout the EU. The project is managed by LSE Enterprise, the consulting arm of the London School of Economics, in partnership with J-PAL Europe and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

For more information, please look at our website or contact:

Ms Bregtje Kamphuis
Project Manager, LSE Enterprise Ltd
Email: B.W.Kamphuis@lse.ac.uk

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 - Thursday 30th of October 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm

Intercontinental Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Speakers include

  • Zsombor Cseres-Gergely
  • Anna Adamecz