Collective Awareness Platform for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS)

Understanding Them and Analysing Their Impacts
  • Antonella Passani
  • Francesca Spagnoli
  • Francesco Bellini
  • Alessandra Prampolini
  • Katja Firus
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 13)


The paper describes the Collective Awareness Platform for Sustainability and Social Innovation domain (CAPS) by using an “inside” perspective, as it is based on the research work of a CAPS project entitled IA4SI—Impact Assessment for Social Innovation. The paper first defines Digital Social Innovation as the technological enabled version of Social Innovation and describes CAPS projects consequently. Then, it presents the framework of the quanti-qualitative methodology developed by the IASI project for analysing the impact of CAPS projects. It considers four main areas of impact: social, economic, political and environmental. Each aspect is then articulated in several sub-categories required in order to map a multi-dimensional and internally diversified domain such as CAPS.


CAPS Digital social innovation Social innovation Socio-economic impact Political and environmental impact assessment European projects EU-funded research Methodology 



This work was supported by the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 [ICT-61125]. The authors are grateful to Shenja Van Der Graaf, project coordinator of IA4SI from iMinds, Wim Vannobberghen, Lizzy Bleumers, Katriina Kilpi also from iMinds and Marina Klitsi, from ATC a IA4SI partner for their support and constructive collaboration throughout the development of the methodology and the execution of the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonella Passani
    • 1
  • Francesca Spagnoli
    • 2
  • Francesco Bellini
    • 2
  • Alessandra Prampolini
    • 1
  • Katja Firus
    • 1
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  2. 2.EurokleisRomeItaly

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