This paper presents an operational framework which was designed to support the early governance of social innovation actions. This framework was applied to co-construct seven innovation actions across Europe and the Mediterranean basin applied to forestry, agriculture, and rural development. Some of the main results of this study show that: (i) supporting social innovators and local actors at the early stage of social innovation processes is key for efficiently tackling challenges and opportunities; (ii) acknowledging the non-linearity of a social innovation process enables local actors to develop flexibility for adjusting methods and tools; (iii) promptly identifying management failures; and (iv) developing strategic thinking of financial resources and required know-how is crucial to the social innovation initiative.
Marini Govigli, V., Alkhaled, S., Arnesen, T., Barlagne C., Bjerck M., Burlando, C., Melnykovych , M., Rodríguez Fernandez-Blanco, C., Sfeir, P., Górriz-Mifsud, E. 2020. Testing a framework to co-construct social innovation actions. Insights from seven marginalized rural areas. Sustainability, 12(4), 1441.