Latin American Social Innovation Network
To effectively support and promote social innovation as a means to achieve sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, social cohesion and equity in Latin America, through intercultural, curricular and extracurricular activities.
The LASIN project is innovative in that it proposes a clear methodology and series of activities to embed social innovation within the University structure at a formalized, institutional level.
Organisations that lend their support to the Consortium in order to optimise the project results but will not be responsible for the project activities such as management, coordination, monitoring or work packages. They will not receive any financial reward for their participation.
LASIN will develop a new model for University-Socioeconomic engagement, based on a combination curricular and extra-curricular activities, learning materials and tools, practical training, mentoring, and the development of specific support units that are dedicated to strengthening the Universities’ links with the wider social environment.
The project will result in a new paradigm for knowledge transfer within universities, based on the notion that social innovation is the key to social development and cohesion at both a regional and international level.
Social Innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds - from working conditions and education to community development and health - and that extend and strengthen civil society.
The quality control, monitoring and evaluation of the project will be led by UTFSM, which has vast experience of innovation projects together with SIX which coordinates the Social Innovation Europe progamme under direct contract to the European Commission. Their experience in assessing social innovation initiatives within the Universities and ensuring the quality of the project’s results will be invaluable.
SIX together with UTFSM and supported by UA (due to their experience of EC international project management and compliance) will oversee the Advisory and Evaluation Committee consisting of Associate Partners and top management representatives from each of the participating universities.
The first role of the committee will be to draw up the Terms of Reference for its activities and to define the evaluation criteria and monitoring indicators to measure the progress of the project.
Each deliverable of the project will be duly assessed and evaluated according to the defined criteria, reports reviewed and partner results interrogated at the five consortium meetings held over the course of the project (Associate Partners unable to attend the meetings physically will be able to attend virtually). These will result in a deliverable review submitted by the Advisory and Evaluation Committee.
A Contingency Plan will also be drawn up to assess the risks and the corrective measures that need to be taken to mitigate or eliminate these risks should they occur. The Plan will be reviewed throughout the course of the project.
A neutral evaluator will also be contracted by the project with the express purpose of assessing the project in a comprehensive and unbiased way.
Although the direct beneficiaries of this action will be the higher education institutions themselves - researchers, teachers and their students - through them, the project will also directly impact on a variety of entities and individuals engaged in social activities: community and educational organizations, indigenous peoples, local authorities, NGOs, professionals, SMEs, and women and youth organizations.
Specifically, the project will support social innovation engagement for at least 15 projects per country and 60 individuals through the SISUs, 200 individuals and 50 institutions through the SISU network and 60 new social innovation projects through the Social Innovation Studios.
In all activities, particular measures will be taken to ensure maximum inclusion of minority groups and women wherever possible. The initiatives and tools developed will be specially designed to be transferable to other universities in the region and will help to promote guidelines for social impact.
In the final year of the project and in taking note of the reports produced by the Advisory and Evaluation Committee, a Sustainability Plan will be produced, proposing how the various activities developed as part of the project may be continued in a sustainable manner. Where appropriate alternative income streams will be identified, including public-private funding, internal and external investment and in-kind resources.
Specifically the plan will address the continuation of the SISU in the long term, the expansion of the SIS, the development and implementation of the Master Programme as a joint or double degree, and the sustainability of the Latin American Social Innovation Network as a whole.
Measures will also be taken to ensure the long term continuation of the virtual platform, the related tools and the network activities.
The members of the Consortium were scrupulously selected as a result of a careful process over a year preparing for the project. They will form the core committee of the Network and were selected through three criteria:
Insitutions, teachers, students and social innovators from the countires represented in the Consortium can benefit from the proejct through the Studios and naitonally coordinated activities. In addition teachers and students from anywhere in the world can obtain valuable information for developing their social innovation activities thanks to the publications and articles disseminated by the project via the website.
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The LASIN Project was selected for funding by the Education and Cultural Executive Agency of the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme for 2013-2020. The Programme supports the modernisation of education, training, youth and sport and has a total budget of 14.7 billion euros to support a variety of projects and programmes.
Projects are selected through and annual open call for proposals and evaluated accoridng to a variety of different criteria: relevance to the priorities of European cooperation in the region; quality of the activities and actions proposed in the project; quality of the consortium and participating institutions and the impact and sustainability of the project.
LASIN was selected as one of 515 projects presented in the area of Capacity Building as part of the Erasmus+ Programme 2013-2020.
The project will last 36 months, beginning on 15th October 2015.