SI in the Public SectorLIPSE

SI in the Public Sector


Funded by the EU’s FP7 framework, the LIPSE research project (Learning Innovation in Public Sector Environments) identifies drivers and barriers to succesfull social innovation in the public sector in 11 EU countries and 7 policy sectors. Through studying social innovation and co-creation practices and processes in 11 European countries and 7 policy sectors, LIPSE will create and disseminate essential knowledge about public innovation. Five building blocks of social innovation in the public sector will be examined:

  • Innovation environments
  • Innovation inputs
  • Innovation tools and processes
  • Innovation outcomes
  • Feedback loops and innovative systems

The project will firstly map institutional environments to study the role of social capital, innovation champions and leadership, using survey research and social network analysis. The project will then look at citizens’ inputs into public innovation processes through participation, complaints and co-creation. This will be achieved by a) analysing the secondary administrative datasets from ombudsmen and national audit offices b) case studies in social and welfare services and urban and rural regeneration and c) large scale survey research. It will then examine the use of risk management in innovation processes. A work package on innovation diffusion and adoption will assess what factors contribute to the succesful upscaling of ICT-driven social innovations, with a focus on teleworking (as a way of new working) and e-procurement. Finally, the project will develop a comprehensive set of public sector social innovation indicators and explore future trends in social innovation through scenario-mapping with academic and practitioner experts. The dissemination of knowledge will be widespread, using websites, articles, books, road shows and conferences across Europe.

The project is being coordinated by Prof. Dr. Victor Bekkers  and Dr. Lars Tummers  from Erasmus University Rotterdam. You can contact them at And you can read more about the project at