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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation

External Resources for Social Innovation


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White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
Works to increase America’s investment in innovative solutions to social problems and develop new models of collaboration. Learn more.

Young Foundation
Works internationally to support research, policy, and organizational capacity-building to respond to social needs. Learn more.

An independent body in the United Kingdom working to promote and develop the capacity for innovation. Their book, The Open Book of Social Innovation, provides key methods and tools to support the development, implementation, and sustainability of social innovations.



Policy and Innovation

Click on the links below to view policy briefs on social innovation occuring across the country.

Benefit Corporations (PDF updated 11/5/13)

Low Profit Limited Liability Corporations (PDF updated 11/5/13)

Social Impact Bonds (PDF updated 11/5/13)

Trends in Social Innovation

Trends in Social Innovation is a key resource for information on social innovation in higher education, cataloguing emerging trends, institutional case studies, and comprehensive class directories from colleges and universities around the world. Trends in Social Innovation includes data drawn from the Ashoka U 2013 Census, an online, in-depth institutional survey of over 200 social innovation programs around the world, from 29 countries. Institutional data for Boston College was provided by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation.Click here to access.