Lesser Poland Incubator of Social Innovation

In Małopolska, the number of dependent people increases due to age and disability. More and more people need support, medical help and also simple attention to be able to remain independent and meet the challenges posed by everyday life. We are currently observing a dynamic aging process. According to the forecast of the Central Statistical Office in 2050, every third Małopolska will be after 65, and every tenth after 80. Most of these people will need home care because the residential care system will not be able to provide everyone with adequate support. Many times the burden of providing constant assistance to dependent people falls on those close to them. Informal carers also struggle with overload of care work, which is difficult to reconcile with professional commitment, lack of time to rest or financial problems. Already every fifth Małopolska citizen is a carer for the elderly, and in a dozen or so years it is forecast that 100 of dependent people will fall to 58 of working age. In addition, care and assistance services are required by persons with a disability, who currently account for almost 12% of the population in Lesser Poland. The above diagnosis draws the scale of needs, and hence the scale of challenges that lie ahead. Therefore, today it is necessary to look for ways to optimize the care services sector. Believing in the potential that lies in local communities that face such a challenge on a daily basis, the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow, commissioned by the Ministry of Development as part of the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development, has launched the Małopolska Incubator for Social Innovation project, which one of the tasks is to stimulate innovation in local communities. The current social situation requires taking risks and seeking new approaches and instruments that will allow to solve social problems faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Social innovations must be inscribed in multidimensional thinking about continuous social changes taking place in society and lead to the creation of flexible solutions with high utility potential. Through the implementation of project activities, the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow wants to contribute to the creation and development of an efficient network of interpersonal and intersectoral connections that will lead to agreement among all interested parties regarding the essence of implementing social innovations in the field of care services.

In response to the challenges posed to us by the social situation, the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow launched the Małopolska Incubator for Social Innovation project, which will seek the best innovative solutions in the sector of care services provided to dependent persons - elderly and disabled - in their place of residence . The assumption of the competition is to select the best solutions in the above area from Lesser Poland, then refine ideas in cooperation with Social Innovators and test them in the environment of dependent people. The result of the actions taken will be the development of innovative and bottom-up solutions conducive to an increase in the quality and effectiveness of care services for dependent persons provided at the level of local communities.

From August 2016 in Małopolska, a pilot project called 'Lesser Poland Voivodeship / Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow' has been implemented. "Lesser Poland Incubator of Social Innovation". The idea of ​​the project is to stimulate innovation in the field of care services for dependent people, to reach original ideas derived directly from local environments that would not have had the chance to develop without adequate support. The key assumption is the implementation of the idea of ​​empowerment through constant participation of the environment of dependent persons in the process of planning, implementation and testing of innovation, as well as its evaluation after the implementation and at the dissemination stage. The main goal of the project was to increase the quality and effectiveness of care services for dependent people provided at the level of local communities by developing innovative and bottom-up solutions. This goal will be achieved by developing and testing 40 innovative ideas submitted by Social Innovators having an idea for a new tool, method or solution in the field of care services for dependent persons due to age or disability, of which a minimum of 15% will be prepared for dissemination scale.

The target group of actions taken are recipients and users of new solutions, i.e. dependent persons and their carers (i.e. people with intellectual disabilities, disabled people requiring caring and assistant services, assistant support in participating in social and civic life, and older people requiring care in the place their residence). As part of the competition, social innovators will be selected having an idea for an innovative tool, method and solution in the field of care services for dependent persons. Natural persons, entities (non-governmental organizations, social assistance and integration entities as well as public sector entities, enterprises, including those from the social economy sector, Churches and religious organizations), partnerships (including informal groups) can submit an idea.

Currently, ROPS - Incubator begins testing 14 innovations selected in the first stage of the competition. The full list of Grantees has been published at: www.rops.krakow.pl. At the same time, the second round of recruitment has been launched, which will allow to select more innovative solutions.

Project stages:

  1. Announcement of the competition and recruitment of Social Innovators
  2. Development of innovation specifications and grant in cooperation with Social Innovators.
  3. Innovation testing - maximum within 6 months.
  4. Dissemination min. 15% of large-scale tested innovations.

As part of the project, 40 grants will be entrusted (average value of 45 thousand PLN / maximum 100 thousand PLN) to refine and test innovative ideas selected in an open competition. After the contest is resolved, the Innovation Specification will be developed jointly with each Social Innovator, and then, after signing the contract, funds will be transferred.

As part of the competition, any interested entity will be able to submit their innovative idea to the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow in the form of a Grant Application. The vacancy announcement will be posted on the Incubator's website. The submitted idea should present an effective, innovative solution that responds to real social needs, increases social potential for action and leads from the idea to its implementation. The implementation of social innovations should be accompanied by intersectoralism, creation of new relationships, openness to cooperation, bottom-up, interdependence, creation of new opportunities and more effective use of resources and resources.

Each of the ideas submitted will be subject to formal, substantive and strategic evaluation. The impartial assessment will be made by the Social Innovation Council specially appointed for this purpose, consisting of representatives of local government units, non-governmental organizations and the scientific community. The substantive assessment will be carried out based on the criterion of effectiveness (expenditure to results ratio), innovation of the proposed solutions nationwide, the adequacy of solutions in relation to the real needs of dependent persons, the degree of involvement of the environment of dependent persons and the feasibility of the idea.

The Malopolska Incubator of Social Innovation project in order to select the best innovative ideas developed from below will launch a grant mechanism, which means that the best solutions will be co-financed to test them. Therefore, the organized competition does not provide awards for submitting an idea, which would be a form of gratification for the originator. Grants selected for the Social Innovators competition will be used to finance the refinement and testing of the solution in the environment.

A ranking list of ideas will be created based on the evaluation of grant applications. The results will be announced on the website of the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow in the third and fourth quarter of 2017, respectively, and in the second / third quarter of 2018. The condition for the payment of the grant will be the signing of the contract for granting the grant and the grant by the Beneficiary in the form accepted by the Incubator. The grant will be paid out in tranches determined in accordance with the innovation specification.

Value of prizes in the competition: PLN 45,000.00

Meet the presenter:

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Anita Parszewska

Anita Parszewska is the manager of the Malopolska Incubator of Social Innovation project, implemented by the Regional Center for Social Policy in Krakow as part of the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014-2020.
She successfully graduated from the faculty of social policy at the University of Warsaw and, in accordance with her education, builds a professional career in the area of ​​local government activities at the voivodship level.
Since 2013, she has been a co-author and executor of projects implemented under the European Social Fund. Has experience as a moderator of conferences, seminars and forums in the field of Social Funds as well as social innovations.
Thanks to the topics he undertakes on a daily basis and a team of colleagues, work has become her passion, and in the intervals between projects he recharges batteries, spending time with family and friends.

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19.10.2016, godz. 9:00-20:00
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