Social innovation offers ‘a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient and sustainable’
Social Innovation is about identifying social problem and doing something positive about it. It consists of systemic and sustainable approach. It identifies the root of the problem and provides positive impact rather then one time fix. Social innovators are usually referred to as change makers or social entrepreneurs.
Social innovation is a process, product, or program that profoundly changes the way that given system operates while reducing the vulnerability of the people and the environment in that system. As a result of positive social innovation the system grows more resilient and their ability to deal with future challenges is also improved.
Key principles in social innovation include: clearly articulated goals, a meaningful theory of change, well-aligned partners and funders, attention to performance measurements and evaluation to measure progress against desired outcomes. Keenaghan Collaborative works with innovators to manage these principles and maximize the benefits of innovation while providing evidence of impact and accountability. See below for examples of our work.
Social Prescribing is emerging as an area of practice in mental health promotion and prevention and primary care provision. Social Prescribing in primary care is a relatively recent concept describing the use of nonmedical support to address the needs of people whose mental health is affected by depression or anxiety.
Common activities include:
Self-help, exercise, arts and creativity, green activity, community involvement and supports including volunteering and debt advice etc.
Having developed guidance on best practice in social prescribing in 2011 we are currently carrying out a review of the social prescribing project Flourish in Co. Mayo.
Community Resilience Building Programme
“A resilient community is one that works together to enhance the personal and collective capacity of its citizens and institutions to respond and influence, the course of social and economic change.” We are working with organisations to:
- Understand what community resilience building is and why it is important
- See how you can use it to improve existing work practices.
- Develop useful contacts, tools and resources.
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In Ireland, there are over 300 Men’s Sheds developed over the last number of years. The potential of the sheds in relation to reducing isolation and improving wellbeing, in particular, has interested many. We have worked with the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) providing training and planning support and have produced the IMSA Handbook and an IMSA Quality Assessment and Outcomes Framework.
Planning and Evaluation
Traditional planning and evaluation methods often fall short of the needs of complex social change efforts and their rigidity can sometimes inhibit success. We work with services in a range of settings to develop and implement frameworks that are responsive to their particular context.
We have been engaged by Tusla and the HSE on a wide range of projects particularly relating to strategic planning and training focusing on children and young people’s participation and on general mental health and wellbeing. For example.
Sláinte Health Project
Keenaghan Research & Communication were delighted to collaborate with Rehab care in the Sláinte Health Project. This project is targeted to enable the people who use the services of RehabCare and the Brothers of Charity to adapt a healthy, positive approach to lifestyle through different physical activities, as well as being educated on food, nutrition and diet.
Community tourism is a form of tourism which aims to include and benefit local communities. KRC is working with Eithna’s by The Sea, Mullaghmore Co Sligo, to articulate and refine business ideas, navigate the world of grant funding applications and develop partnership working to develop a tourism initiative that will support the economic and social development of the surrounding area.
Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms as a form of social service. The farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather the farm remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farms’ activities in a non-clinical environment.
It also creates the opportunity to reconnect farmers with their local communities through the opening up of their farms as part of the social support system of the community.
For more information please click here to go to the website for Blissberry Farm social Farm in Donegal