Institute for Social Innovation

Striving for more effective, efficient, sustainable, and just solutions to social problems

Fielding and Social Innovation

A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Since 2002, Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) has helped individuals as well as nonprofit, business, and government organizations address societal problems via research, leadership, and organizational development. ISI consultants include faculty leaders and student fellows who work in communities to address critical issues through dialogue, research, and community service projects.

"ISI's research team produced an informative case study for our organization that qualitatively defined the evolution of year-round citizen engagement and community-based social action strategies."

Anne Summers, Executive Director

Brico Fund

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Fielding is one of the first colleges and universities to earn the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Through the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding earned the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification in 2010 and 2015.  University research and social change projects demonstrated community impact and a strong relationship to student learning. The assessment practices required by the Community Engagement Classification must meet a broad range of purposes:  assessing community perceptions of institutional engagement; tracking and recording of institution-wide engagement data; assessment of the impact of community engagement on students, faculty, community, and institution; identification and assessment of student learning outcomes in curricular engagement; and ongoing feedback mechanisms for partnerships.