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Participate in the IESI Mapping Survey 2015 on ICT-enabled social innovation

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion are looking for cases on ICT-enabled social innovation in the framework of their research project on “ICT-enabled Social Innovation in Support to the Social Investment Package” (IESI).

If you are running or participating in outstanding projects that showcase how the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) combined with social innovation can contribute to modernised European welfare states to provide better and more cost-efficient services for citizens, you are invited to take part in the IESI Mapping Survey 2015

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CALL FOR EXPERTS: Structured Dialogue under ESI Funds

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The European Commission is looking for organisations to join the Structured Dialogue with European Structural and Investment Funds' partners group of experts (ESIF SD).

The group of experts currently consists of 52 member organisations and 2 observers, selected and appointed following a call for experts launched in July 2014. The objective of this call is to complete the number of member organisations up to the maximum of 60 members.

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How to prepare social enterprises for impact investment

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What does it mean for social enterprises to be ‘investment ready’? What support do they typically need to meet the investment criteria of social impact investors? And what lessons have been learnt in the UK that can be applied across the globe?

The Guardian spoke to Chris Dadson, Business Development Manager for Euclid member Social Investment Business, to help answer these questions as the British Council launches a Business and Investment Readiness pilot programme which will provide consultancy services to social enterprises in nine countries to help them to strengthen their organisational capacity, better measure and communicate their impact, and successfully bid for grant and investment funding.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: High Level Group of Independent Experts on Monitoring Simplification for Beneficiaries of ESI Funds

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Frustrated with the bureaucracy and red tape associated with European funding? This is your chance to do something about it! 

Last week the European Commission adopted the decision to set up the High Level Group of Independent Experts on Monitoring Simplification for Beneficiaries of the European Structural and Investment Funds and subsequently a call for applications has been launched.

The group's purpose is to assess the uptake by the Member States of simplification opportunities to access and use the Funds, in order to reduce the administrative burden for beneficiaries. The call for applications for membership is open until 10 August 2015. The group shall consist of a maximum of twelve members appointed in a personal capacity and will be chaired by Former Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas. It will hold its first meeting on 20 October in Brussels.

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Performance data of social investment released for first time

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New data reveals the financial performance of more than 400 closed investment deals in the UK social investment market. The dataset represents the largest aggregate study to date of historic social investment performance. Commissioned by the Social Investment Research Council and Royal Bank of Scotland, it uncovers the financial characteristics of deals, including their risk and return.

A universal data model was developed by EngagedX to produce comparable benchmark data, which can help demonstrate the history of social investment and build confidence in the market. The anonymised performance data offers a snapshot of investments, ranging from £2,400 to £2.7m. The data was provided by CAF Venturesome, Key Fund and Social Investment Business on both debt and equity investments made between 2002 and 2014.

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Help showcase the best ICT-enabled social innovations in Europe

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Calling all social innovators: have you got an exceptional case where Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have boosted social innovation and created better and more cost effective welfare services for citizens across Europe? Then showcase it!

The Young Foundation and the Zentrum für Soziale Innovation on behalf of the European Commission's JRC-IPTS are gathering evidence to support the European Commission's DG EMPL and EU Member States in the reform of their social protections systems: they need your help to collect sound cases of successful ICT-enabled social innovation and understand how they can be better sustained at local, national and European level.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO DOCUMENT YOUR INNOVATIVE CASE HERE

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