The presentation aims to discuss the challenges for evaluating social innovation policies, and the potential of alternative approaches to measure and assess social and economic impacts, including the proposal of a methodological framework for simulation modelling of impacts of policy interventions promoting social investment developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) as part of the research 'ICT-Enabled Social Innovation' (IESI). This framework, in short i-FRAME, and which is rooted in complex systems theory and dynamic simulation modelling methodologies has been proposed to be used to support the implementation of reforms suggested under the Social Investment Package (SIP) which encourages Member States to prioritise social investment approaches and modernise welfare systems.


Misuraca, G., Geppert, L., Codagnone, C., (2017) i-FRAME – Assessing impacts of social policy innovation in the EU: Proposed methodological framework to evaluate socio-economic returns on investment of social policy innovations, European Commission's Joint Research Centre, JRC Science for Policy Reports Series; EUR 28824 EN; doi:10.2760/83089, available at:

JRC Insights series on Social Policy Innovation Issue #5 i-FRAME – Making sense of social policy innovation: A proposed approach to assess impacts of social investment in the EU, available at:

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Gianluca Misuraca is Senior Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, where, since 2009, is conducting research in the area of ICTs for governance and social inclusion. He is currently leading the research on ICT-Enabled Social Innovation to support the Social Investment Package (IESI) in collaboration with DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Before joining the European Commission, Gianluca was the Scientific Coordinator and Managing Director of the Executive Master in eGovernance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During his career he held several positions as policy advisor for different International Organisations, cooperation agencies and consulting in the area of eGovernment, regional development, research and innovation. Gianluca’s background is economics with focus on the interface between ICTs and public sector innovation. He holds a Diploma of Specialisation in EU Economics and Law, a diploma in Security Management, an Executive Master in eGovernance and a Ph. D in Management of Technology. Gianluca is a recognised scholar with many publications in the field of public sector innovation, governance and Information Society development. He is a member of the committees of several journals and is regularly invited as speaker to scientific and policy events worldwide.


Twitter: @Gianlucamisu


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