The Call for Papers for the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 2021, to be held in Milan, is open.
We would like to invite abstracts submission for the following:
Conference Stream: SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT: CHALLENGES AND PROMISING PATHWAYS
Conference theme: "Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future"
Dates: 8th – 10th September, 2021
Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (Italy)
All abstracts must be submitted through the ISIRC website: further info in this page.
The deadline is February 28th.
CALL FOR PAPER DESCRIPTION:
Social impact measurement is an enabling and necessary tool for improving the human condition. Effective measurement of social impact is complex and involves the participation of many actors (social entrepreneurs, decision-makers of social, hybrid and non-profit enterprises, financiers, investors, policymakers and academics). Different types of organisations are increasingly showing interest in measuring their social impact to assess the social value of their activity and increase their accountability. Funders and policy makers regard social impact measurement as a way to identify and scale effective practices. Despite the increasing popularity of the practices, there are important barriers. Some examples are:
● conflicts of different epistemological approaches to the impact concept and the social impact concept as well,
● lack of clarity in the interlink between the different epistemological concept and the measurement methods,
● challenges of developing shared measurement practices,
● debates about whether qualitative or quantitative approaches should be used,
● difficulty in assessing long-term impacts
● lack of social impact data and high costs of quality measurement processes,
● difficulties in management of impact measurement practices and results,
● lack of guidelines for usage of social impact objectives and metrics as managerial decision-making instruments.
This stream aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines to discuss promising pathways for facing these challenges.
For more information about submission guidelines please see the attachment.
ADDITIONAL INFO ON THE CONFERENCE:
International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is the world's leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. Every year, it brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation and social entrepreneurship from varied perspectives.
ISIRC 2021 will take place in Milan (Italy), on 8-10 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ucsc.it), ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society (altis.unicatt.it), and E4Impact Foundation (e4impact.org). Depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be either hosted at the main campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (city centre of Milan) or take place on a virtual platform.
This year's theme is "Enabling the change! Social innovation and enterprises for a better future". It aligns with the world's leading impactful research on such topic, as well as with the activities being undertaken by members of ALTIS and by E4Impact in Africa. It also reflects the important role we see for social innovation and social enterprise in creating more fair and sustainable societies, both in developed and developing countries.
Phd Student – Management & Innovation
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milan, Italy