‘Stories of Social Investment and Innovation’ is a summative report from Work Package 5: User Voice. User involvement runs through the heart of the Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnoSI) project, and the core aim of Work Package 5 was to gather ‘User Voice’ on a range of social investment and innovation programmes from across Europe. Using Community Reporting practices, we worked with 11 different ‘User Voice’ groups from across 10 countries (Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK) and supported people to tell their stories in relation to topics such as family life, unemployment, education, and integration into society. These user-created stories not only provide a diverse range of ‘bottom-up’ insights about people’s lived experience of social investment and innovation programmes, but they also give information about the wider contexts of their lives, the challenges that they face and their hopes and aspirations. The report documents the activities of the work package, in relation to the two core deliverables – 5.1: Recruitment and training of Community Reporters and 5.2: Analysis of Community Reporter material. This report contains an analysis of the ‘User Voice’ stories gathered and links to the various digital outputs produced during the work package.

Click here to access the community reporter analysis.