What is SCALINGS all about?

The SCALINGS project design thus flips the conventional notion of “best practice transfer” on its head: Instead of asking “how well” a co-creation instrument has been implemented, SCALINGS will analyze the differences in how the various regions use the supposedly same co-creation instruments.
With this approach, SCALINGS “varies” the regional social, political and cultural context in which the instruments operate in order to reveal pertinent differences.

Based on the unique data set provided by SCALINGS, SCALINGS will develop two new theoretical frameworks: “Situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling”. This two new theoretical frameworks will provide the foundation toward understanding and translating co-creation processes and outcomes across social, political, and economic contexts.

The SCALINGS consortium consist of 10 partners from various social science disciplines. Find out more about the project partners here.

Co-creation has emerged as a widely desired key resource in current attempts to enhance innovation processes and outcomes. Co-creation is an umbrella term that captures a variety of activities where different innovation actors gather in a joint activity to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome. Different scientific disciplines have emphasized different aspect of co-creation, such as social robustness, responsibility, collective creativity, knowledge flows, and better alignment with consumer needs.

Co-creation is seen as a key resource for both European competitiveness and responsible innovation.
Yet, uptake across Europe remains thoroughly unequal, and local effects on single co-creation instruments are not well understood. In particular, no systematic knowledge exists on the sociocultural variability of co-creation processes and outcomes – i.e. how they depend on social,
political, economic, and organizational contexts.

“Situated co-creation” is a framework that explicitly accounts for differences in socio-political context in the design of co-creation instruments. It draws on insights that analytic perspectives and processes of innovation are always culturally “situated”.
“Socially robust scaling” is a framework for operationalizing these insights to allow for a wider dissemination and uptake of co-creation and to articulate them in a policy roadmap. It replaces the paradigm of mere scientific validity in the lab.