social policy often has its roots in social innovations undertaken at local
level. When these projects involve testing an initiative on a small scale in
order to measure its effects, with a view to its possible generalisation, they
are referred to as social experimentation.
This experimental tool for transforming public
policy is attracting greater interest, both within member states and at
European level. These successful experimentations provide results that can be
exploited by decision makers in all the Member States..
This was one of the messages that emerged from
the 7th European Round Table on poverty and social exclusion, and the first
meeting of European ministers responsible for these issues, held on 15 and 16
October. Developing social experimentation was therefore encouraged, because it
contributes to identifying good practice on the part of member states, helps determine
appropriate levers for public action.
The European Commission also underlined the
usefulness of this tool in the renewed social agenda adopted on 2 July. In a
recent opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee took up a clear
position in favour of its development.
The issue now is to follow up these positions
in operational terms. This is the goal of ourForum. It should enable us to
reach concrete results in order to reinforce the social Europe.