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Policies & Public-Private Partnership for impact

This line of research is focused on cross-sectoral collaborations and partnerships as a driving force in sustainability and impact generation. It deals with the organisational and policy challenges faced in aligning the interests and needs of public authorities, for profit companies, social economy organizations and investors in the generation of impact. 

The object of this line of research are public-private partnerships intended as an informal or formalized collaboration between public and private actors to develop products and/or services generating a positive impact and in which risks, costs and benefits are shared. We believe that these partnerships are at the center of the transition towards impact economy and will be key for securing a global sustainable development.

Our focus includes different forms of public-private partnership models, from those with a primarily commercial purpose, such as traditional concessions or projects finance for infrastructures, to those with an explicit social purpose, such as social outcome contracts (e.g. Social Impact Bonds or Pay-by-Results models). Within these range of different models, we identify impact management and measurement as key determinants and enabling factors of value generation. Indeed, impact measurement is not a widespread practice in the realm of cross sectoral partnerships, however, when implemented and embedded in the design of the contract/partnership, it has the potential to enhance the generation of impact. More specifically, the development ex ante of a measurement infrastructure can support the management of impact generation and balance the risks and rewards throughout the value creation process for the different actors involved. 

Moreover, we aim to explore the challenges and opportunities that impact management entails in terms of managing the bargaining power and the value alignment of the different private and public players and in terms of supporting (impact) investment planning and budgeting.   

Finally we analyse the different measurement practices as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) approaches, models aligned with the SDGs system and approaches based on theory of change. Properly, this research line also aims to develop an ad hoc social and sustainability impact measurement framework for public-private partnership for impact

The different existing models of public-private collaboration and partnerships for impact generation, how they are structured and their legal status

The existing approaches and methodologies adopted to measure the generated impact in public-private partnerships

The role of impact management and measurement in public-private partnerships

The challenges and opportunities related to the negotiation processes in public-private partnerships and the bargaining power of the different actors involved

The challenges and opportunities related to the negotiation processes in public-private partnerships and the bargaining power of the different actors involved

The role of umbrella actors in promoting and developing/implementing cross-sectoral partnerships

The potential of public-private partnerships to enhance citizens participations and the activation of local communities

Policies & Public-Private Partnership for impact

SEED – Social innovation Ecosystem Development. Competence centres for social innovation​

The specific challenge of SEED is to stimulate and support the establishment of four Social Innovation Competence Centers in Italy, Greece, Romania and Slovenia. Researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and civil servants will work together to create public and open infrastructures capable of assisting national European Social Fund (ESF) managerial authorities to better imply the ESF+ funds for the mainstream of SI as a Public Sector Innovation approach to societal challenges.​ The ultimate scope of SEED is to prepare such an environment that related actions in the field of​ social innovation under the next ESF+ programme are established and developed more robustly, and their potential can be fully exploited at a national and european level.​

SER: Maximising social impact and boosting clean energy investments in the non-profit sector

Social Energy Renovations (SER) project stimulates sustainable renovation in the third sector.

OECD: Social Impact measurement for the Social and Solidarity Economy​

The consortium involves 20 to 30 leading social entrepreneurs, investors, experts and governments representatives from the countries concerned by the project (United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and India and other five European countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium) in the Peer-learning experience on social impact measurement.Social impact measurement is a common stake worldwide since there is a wide range of methodologies