Planning the Scaling of Successful Social Innovations
The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) has been established and is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the Genio Trust, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the King Baudouin Foundation. The ESCF is based on the understanding that there are many tried and tested social innovations that could be scaled to contribute significantly to tackling societal challenges facing the EU. The ESCF set out to find such innovations, and provide financial and non-financial support for the development of plans to scale a selected number within, and across, Member States.
This report contains a summary of scaling plans developed by organisations and consortia for 7 selected innovations that have been tried, tested and proven to be successful in tackling a range of social challenges. These include energy poverty, unemployment, social housing digital inclusion, alternatives to the detention of migrants and supporting the elderly in the community. The financial and non-financial support offered by the ESCF is outlined and the lessons learned during the development of plans to scale are described.