Case Studies of Socially Innovative Practices

One of the key objectives of  Work Package 7 has been to provide a collection or repository of socially innovative practices by and for young people identified during the course of our earlier research.  This investigated the changing nature of  inequalities faced by young people in cities across Europe from national and local perspectives as well as from the perceptions of young people themselves.  As we moved into the fieldwork focused on disadvantaged young people, we attempted to identify socially innovative practices which had been  initiated by  young people themselves or by public, private or charitable organisations  to tackle various aspects of inequality.  Researchers collected information on forty-five potentially innovative practices from across the ten cities involved in the project. They selected thirty for more detailed descriptions in order to provide a Menu of Innovative Practices from which policy officers from the cities involved could select a project/practice  to pilot in their own city. Nine pilots were planned and implemented over the winter and spring 2014/15 and included both suitable practices transferred from one city into another city and some new practices or new elements of practices within the same city.

Within WP7 we have gathered evidence on the design, implementation and outcomes of these innovative practices while paying attention to their innovative elements as well as to their transferability. In this respect Citispyce has enabled some kind of the ‘experiment in vivo’: the practices from one cityhaving been transferred into other societal and implementation contexts. This way, their positive potentials have been examined in a creative way. The stakeholders who were involved in their transfer deliberately selected practices having regard not only to their potential positive effects but also the necessary adaptations to local conditions.

The Repository of Case Studies itself frames the individual case studies within the context of the Citispyce project,  explains the selection of the innovative practices and the methodology behind the evaluation and content of the case studies.  



Repository of Case Studies I

Here you can download a short framing document which explains the rationale for the selection of the Case Studies, the way in which they have been clustered, the theoretical underpinning and the evaluation methodology adopted. It also offers initial reflections on their relationship to key dimensions of inequalities and possible success factors. The Case Studies are available for download separately and are organised alphabetically by city. The cities from which the Case Studies have been selected are those which are full partners in CITISPYCE project and those which are linked to the university and NGO partners. Also available for download below is a set of posters summarising each of the Case Studies.  

In  Repository of Case Studies I, you can find 10 Case Studies from Athens, Barcelona, Birmingham, Brno and Hamburg.

For the remaining 11 Case Studies, please click on Repository of Case Studies II where you will find those from  Krakow, Malmo, Rotterdam, Sofia and Venice.