The Spanish State Secretary of Social Rights presents a roadmap for a Competence Center for Social Innovation


The Spanish roadmap for a Competence Centre for Social Innovation (CCSI) proposes the creation of a structure that could play a vital role in creating favourable environments for social innovation, supporting initiatives, connecting actors, and promoting learning processes. It recognizes the existing richness of self-standing initiatives and networks at local and regional level, while it laments the lack of interconnectedness to generate a critical mass in ecosystems or innovation clusters, at national level in Spain.

It proposes the creation of a CERISS Centro Estatal de Referencia en Innovación y Servicios Sociales (State Reference Centre for Innovation and Social Services) with the following mission:

to promote an ecosystem of social innovation that dynamizes, in an open and integrated way, a set of actors, methodologies and actions in order to address common challenges in the field of social services in Spain.  The vision is to have a support system for the development of modern social services that respond to the changing needs of the population and foster innovation on a continuous basis.

The roadmap proposes creating a Centre of Reference in Social Innovation and Social Services (CERISS) in Spain, outlining its objectives, areas of work, and actions. It argues that such a centre is needed to promote innovation namely in social services and social care. The roadmap defines the following premises: (1) It gives a fundamental role to public action, in its role of leading, convening and driving forward. (2) The focus of attention is on the field of social services. (3) It proposes a legal formula that provides fixed and continuous support in the form of a public foundation. (4) It is created as a meeting place – as a platform – that allows initiatives at regional and municipal levels to converge and feed the search for innovation and quality through processes of systematisation, transfer, and upscaling. (5) A system of open governance is foreseen that allows both public actors from different territorial levels and private actors, whether from the third social sector, philanthropy, or business, to have a voice. (6) It is committed to mixed financing of the platform’s activities. (7) Planning and evaluation functions related to social innovation are promoted as an essential part of the institution’s mission. (8) It is conceived as an incremental process, based on experiences acquired in the framework of the pilot experiences in the deinstitutionalisation strategy.

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