The SIC learning repository is an online, open resource available for innovators, researchers and policy makers to improve their skills in design for Social Innovation.

SIC, Social Innovation Community, is an EU project, funded to support the large community which is growing around Social Innovation,by creating spaces for them to meet and synergizeand tools to strengthen their efforts.

The SIC Learning Repository is a bottom-up tool, which was developed and tested during a process of experimentation conducted in five host centers across Europe (ITALY 1, ESTONIA 1, CROATIA 2 and NORWAY 1). The repository provides tools that support the growth and development of social innovation starting from specific social challenges.

The SIC learning repository contains the following: the handbook of social innovation in which learning materials and tools can be found on how to develop social innovation; the collection of tools used during the SIC experimentation mentioned above; a list of resources outside the SIC world useful to further support learning on social innovation; and the collection of SIC case studies on social innovation, which was developed to understand the process of learning at work when starting aSI in different contexts.


Mediator/facilitator of the learning process that works with different target groups or facilitates the cross-sector and/or cross-thematic groups with a goal to raise their capacity in the area of social innovation and leaves them with tools to continue implementing the process of social innovation on their own.

Public/Private sectors

Public government agencies, local, regional and national governments, public institutions and private sector actors with a commitment to supporting social change like non-profit organisations, charities, co-operatives and social enterprises. They will most likely need a facilitator/intermediary to support the process.


this could be an individual, a team, a local community (represented by an individual and/or a team) that would like to embark on this process on its own or use a facilitator. They are likely to select the tools that best suit their context.


Browse the tools and find those best suitable to your needs in different moments of your SI development process.

In this section, tools developed during the SIC experimentation in the five host centers are presented.
The tools are organised depending on main activities/actions that can support the development of a social innovation.

Specifically, they are organised in six categories:

  • recruiting social innovators
  • stakeholder engagement
  • ideation
  • product/service development
  • prototyping
  • sustainable growth and impact
  • funding opportunities

This section contains links and references (projects, toolkits, articles and other materials) to online resources external to the world of SIC but that can be useful for you to learn more on the following: SI processes, solutions, and best practices.

This section will be continuously updated, thanks to the work of SIC partners who will scout, analyse and publish new contents relevant for social innovation.