Participants will explore examples of practices regarding the social innovation addressing relevant economic topics and discuss on the challange to have measures that reflect social innovation.

The Lithuanian Innovation Center will guide partners to the knowledge of the programme “Create Lithuania” that aims to bring back talented Lithuanians who have left the country and started working abroad.

Please, contact the host organization to join the event and receive the link.

AGENDA
(Please, consider the timing relates to Eastern European Time)

12:50    Login and connection checks
by Researcher Raimonda Mackevičiūtė, Visionary analytics
Results of the conducted study and the examples of best practice are presented

13:00    Social impact investment
by Researcher Raimonda Mackevičiūtė, Visionary analytics
Results of the conducted study and the examples of best practice are presented

13:20    Social impact evaluation
by Senior Associate Marco Sebastianelli, PlusValue 
Examples of how the European Commission and other governments (UK and Italy) evaluate social innovation, examples of impact evaluation (impact funds, but also the EIB, companies and social enterprises)

13:40    Stimulating social entrepreneurship as driver of social innovations: measurement of social impact
by Michael Wyrwich, University of Groningen
Discussion of different types of social impact, and the challenges to measure such societal  impact. Starting point for discussion/ break-out sessions based on difficulty of translating general SDG into relevant region-specific goals (see break-out session)

14:00    Project “Urban lab”
by Deputy Director of the Promotion and International Cooperation Department  of the City of Rzeszów Kamil Czyż and Joanna Wojciechowska, Rzeszów Regional Development Agency
Project success story – partner experience sharing

14:15    Project “RAISE Youth”
by Mayte Gallego, FUNDECYT-PCTEX
Project success story- partner experience sharing

14:30    Coffee Break

14:45    Break-out session
by Michael Wyrwich & Thijs Broekhuizen, University of Groningen
Discussion with smaller groups on how to address the specific challenges of social  entrepreneurs in each region, and how global challenges affect specific regions. 
challenge I: Social innovation a rare event 
challenge II: Disentangling intertwined direct and indirect impact 
challenge III: Getting local conditions right for facilitating SI impact 
Partners can choose which challenge they want to discuss. After the discussion (15 minutes), all participants return and discuss what has been discussed in each group

15:10    Concluding remarks
by Thijs Broekhuizen, University of Groningen, and Jennifer Grisorio, Apulian  Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation


*credits: photo by Maksim Shutov on Unsplash