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InCARE Policy Brief no. 1: Promoting Social Innovation in long-term care: A common narrative for change across Europe

In support of policy-makers and organizational stakeholders that wish to engage directly in the implementation of social innovation initiatives in LTC, this Policy Brief summarises  the key lessons arising from a decade of European experiences – with a focus on doing rather than analysing social innovation. We argue that local innovators should shift focus away from ‘best practice’ initiatives and towards defining the ‘best fit for purpose’ initiatives. Furthermore, we highlight the need to match investment in social innovation design and development with investment in scale-up and sustainability of social innovation approaches, in order to increase societal impact.

We propose four key principles that can guide social innovators in long-term care:
Start with the end in mind – shape a common and inclusive vision for progress;
Invent the right solution – redesign the best ideas to best-fit local circumstances;
Bring all aboard – engage meaningfully with as many relevant local stakeholders as possible;
Think big from the very beginning – partner early on with regional and national stakeholders.

InCARE Policy Brief no.1

InCARE Short Report no.1- Social Innovation in LTC in Europe: Towards a common narrative for change

Long-term care systems throughout Europe are facing the challenge of ensuring affordable and high-quality care to diverse ageing populations, while responding to the societal effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As sustainability is of paramount concern, interest in socially innovative approaches that build on local community strengths has been steadily rising. In this short report, we step back, take stock and synthesize the key insights that can be derived from the decades long journey of promoting social innovation in Europe, with a view to supporting policy-makers and organizational stakeholders that wish to engage directly in the implementation of social innovation initiatives in long-term care.

InCARE Short Report no.1

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