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Pioneering social innovation devices

Pioneering social innovation devices

WIT Workshops
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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What do we aim at?

In order to be efficient, any type of intervention of social policy must increasingly be based on the synergistic cooperation between different subjects within the public and private sectors. Therefore, our thematic workshop promotes: 

  • understanding of the concept of public private partnership (PPP) and the system of social cooperation; 
  • identification of already established networks, partnerships and systems of cooperation; 
  • facilitating cooperation between existing networks and partnerships active in the social services field; 
  • building up new networks and public-private partnerships.

What issues are we facing?

The renewal of existing social services systems covers many countries and encompasses a variety of topics (from the care of the elderly to immigration and inclusion policies, from the support to families to the attention towards young and disabled, etc.). The partnership between States and professionals (representatives, managers and operators of health and social services, policy makers, etc.) becomes essential in this context. Experience has shown that working together is the best approach both at a local and at an international level, as recommended by European and international bodies.

If you decide to become part of our thematic workshop, you will be able to find information and discuss issues such as:

What defines a system of social cooperation? What types of key players can participate in a network? What kind of relations allow us to define ourselves as a public-private partnership? When a network is functional? Success vs. failure of the networks and partnerships.

What local, European and international successful practices exist? What tools and experience can be transferred and used as best practices?

What are the benefits for you?

access to new knowledge and expertise obtained directly from a dynamic exchange of experience among operators;

opportunity to learn from the experience of the organizations/professionals involved in partnership/network;

opportunity to develop partnerships/network s with other institutions in the field.

How can you get involved?

Within the thematic workshop we pay special attention to the stakeholders’ involvement. Our proposal is to develop a working process in which your feedback helps us constantly to improve the learning process. Furthermore, we will analyze important documents from the field, discussing them on our forum, taking into account the different opinions and answering questionnaires, and we will identify together successful ideas and measures sustaining the creation of public-private partnerships in the field of social services.

Who are we?

Heinz Stapf-Finé,  long-standing expert on social policy. Studied Economics and Sociology in Marburg, Madrid and Frankfurt am Main. From 2002 to 2010, Director of the Social Policy Department of the National Executive of the German Trade Unions (DGB). He has been Professor of Social Policy at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin since April 2010.

Violeta Gevorgianienė,  sound expertise within the scientific areasof integration and adaptation of excluded groups, migration processes, social work in communities, social workers’ competence development; proven expertise in social work programs management at Lithuanian universities, reinforced by a number of international and European collaborations.CurrentlyAssociate Professor in Social Work Department, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University.


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Province of Milan

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National Development Agency

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Alice Salomon University of Applied Science

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University of Vilnius - Faculty of Philosophy

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