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Local Social Innovation to Combat Poverty and ExclusionA Critical Appraisal$
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Stijn Oosterlynck, Andreas Novy, and Yuri Kazepov

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447338444

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447338444.001.0001

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Knowledge for social innovation

Knowledge for social innovation

(p.161) 8 Knowledge for social innovation
Local Social Innovation to Combat Poverty and Exclusion

Andreas Novy

Pieter Cools

Gert Verschraegen

Carla Weinzierl

Policy Press

The chapter investigates two ideal types of knowledge about and for social innovations combating poverty: A model of linear change based on standardized knowledge and a context-sensitive model based on tacit knowledge for transformative alternatives. Case study analysis focussed on the field of homelessness and re-use. Six housing first initiatives in six European cities and two large networks of work integration social enterprises in UK and Flanders were studied to disentangle the dualist model by exploring how and why practitioners use different types of knowledge to pursue their respective mission. While codification and standardisation pushes for standardized knowledge, contextual knowledge is important for successful implementation. In all cases, the respective governance of producing and disseminating knowledge was decisive for effective agency. Knowledge alliances based on multi-level collaborations between stakeholders with different perspectives and forms of expertise were identified as promising forms of producing and disseminating knowledge to upscale and to diffuse socially innovative initiatives and approaches.

Keywords:   Social innovation, Poverty; Knowledge, Housing first, re-use work integration social enterprises, knowledge alliances

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