Proven innovations to accelerate change for social inclusion

The Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project seeks to catalyse the transfer of proven innovations among European cities, capturing the learning on how to transfer social innovation from one place to another. The idea is identify successful projects from abroad that could be implemented locally to solve social problems instead of creating new solutions from zero.  

250+ initiatives facing problems about children at risk of exclusion, youth unemployment and long-term unemployment were identified worldwide. The 60 short-listed innovations were selected based on the following main criteria: evidence of impact, replication experience and sustainability model. This collection highlights those with proven evidence: the positive impact has been attributed to the innovation through experimental or quasi-experimental control tests.  

A personalised, diagnostically superior, low-cost breast examination method that provides an entirely new professional path for blind and visually impaired women, leveraging their ultra-sensitive touch.
A programme that provides youth from low-income communities with holistic support to graduate from high school and move on to post-secondary education, training, or employment with the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty.
An evidence-based emotional literacy programme that brings babies into the classroom during regular school hours to improve empathy and reduce violence among children from ages 5 to 12.
An educational project that creates learning environments for children in vulnerable social situations, such as extreme poverty or forced displacement, using a learner-centred pedagogical model and in coordination with the formal school system.
A project offering after-school tutorial support, mentoring and career guidance for young people from the suburbs of large cities, that provides the necessary tools for their own learning and involves them as active agents of the institution.
South Africa
A network of college-preparatory public charter schools that equips underserved students with the knowledge, skills and character strengths needed to succeed in college and life by sharing best practices and a set of operating principles.
United States
A peer-to-peer support system of heterogeneous teams of unemployed people who, working through commitment and solidarity, reinforce skills, generate collective knowledge, become visible and collaborate in order to obtain employment.
An intensive, flexible, family and community-based treatment programme that addresses all environmental systems negatively affecting chronic and violent juvenile offenders’ behaviour to improve the quality of life for both them and their families.
United States
An organisation that aims to improve young care leavers' quality of life by connecting them with volunteer mentors and support resources in various complex aspects of their adult lives, such as emotional education and financial management.
An organisation that provides peer-to-peer mentoring and educational support programmes to help marginalised and at-risk youth integrate into mainstream professional and social opportunities.