Historical AnalysisThe reports approach the social enterprise as an overall, broad sector and analyze its historical development across various policy fields related to social inclusion, education and welfare, paying attention to how political and social changes have influenced the sector across the time.

National Reports on Social Enterprise, Social Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship


Analysis of social entrepreneurs. The EFESEIIS survey. EFESEIIS project partners built a survey submitted to Social Entrepreneurs. The quantitative survey has been carried out through an online questionnaire during summer 2015, aimed at providing a better understanding of the entrepreneurial, social and innovative nature of Social Entrepreneurs, focusing on their needs, motivations, and difficulties.

The survey has been submitted to Social Entrepreneurs identified in each country and had questions related to the general environment in which Social Entrepreneurs operate in order to assess more in depth the relations with the local area in which they are set. 

Thematic Focus on specific thematic streams that emerged during the analysis of the WP3 questionnaire, which briefly provide a preliminary description of the survey results

⇒ Country Reports, which summarize the survey finding on the national level for each partner country


 Understanding stakeholders’ perspective. EFESEIIS project researchers conducted an in-depth analysis involving local stakeholders and actors, aiming to explore the issues and priorities faced by them, as well as the challenges, blockages, and facilitative actions needed to support social entrepreneurship within their sphere of influence.

The report offers academics, policy-makers, practitioners and other interested stakeholders a theoretical framework for understanding social enterprise sectors and how best to support them positively.

Stakeholder networks within social enterprise ecosystems across Europe


 New Generation of Social Enterprises. Aiming at verifying the existence of a “new generation” of social enterprises and identifying its specificities at the transnational level, EFESEIIS explored the extent to which the “new generation” of social enterprises scales up social innovation to address crucial community-related problems, utilizes different approaches from the previous generation to create social value; and uses specific narrative modes to express its values, visions and organizational culture.

This report provides an overview of the main organizational characteristics, forms of diffusion and identity-based specificities that contribute to shaping the “galaxy” of New Generation Social Enterprises (NGSEs) in Europe.

⇒ New Generation of Social Enterprises – Explanatory Case Studies Series


 The role of main institutions. EFESEIIS researchers shed light on how main institutions (i.e. market, financial system, legal framework, the school system and the government) affect social entrepreneurship in the eleven partner countries studied.

This report summarizes and analyses the institutional conditions for social entrepreneurs in eleven European countries.

Report on Main Institutions Affecting Social Entrepreneurship


 Welfare, education and social entrepreneurship. In this report, we aim to shed light on how far and to what extent the national and regional governments – more specifically the welfare regime and the education system – have come in terms of developing supporting ecosystems for social enterprises, to strengthen efforts at national and regional levels.

Report on the relationship between Welfare, Education and Social Entrepreneurship


 Social Capital of Social EntrepreneursSocial Entrepreneurs build social capital around their projects and launch vibrant and trusting social networks, linking people and prompting mutual cooperation. It is therefore important to take into account the role of Social Capital and networks for Social Entrepreneurship. 

Scientific paper on Social Capital of Social Entrepreneurs


Evolutionary theory. Drawing upon an innovative combination of biological evolutionary concepts and social theory on societal change, the EFESEIIS project analyzed the evolutionary paths of Social Entrepreneurship in the partner countries.

Scientific paper on Evolutionary Theory


 Enabling ecosystem for social enterprisesThe reports explores the conditions that make it possible for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation to grow and flourishing.

⇒ Scientific paper on enabling eco-system for Social Entrepreneurship