Thanks to its broad network of European and national experts, DIESIS prepares studies and reports on a wide range of topics related to social economy development and European issues.


Over the years, DIESIS has been responsible for producing many different types of publication (newsletters, technical dossiers, practical guides, directories, reports, brochures, booklets) both on paper and online in different European languages.


WISE project, coordinated by Diesis, has been mentioned in the Commission Staff Working Paper accompanying the Communication on Social Business Initiative. This document highlights the actions already undertaken by the European Union with regard to social entrepreneurship. (read more)
The publication summarises the results of the work of the Network for Better Future of Social Economy, led by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development and composed of ESF Managing Authorities of Flanders, Lombardy (Italy), Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and England. It contains recommendations and suggestions on the role social economy should play in the new ESF programming period (2014-2020). (link for download)
The paper analises the point of view of several social economy actors on the reform of public procurement directives proposed by the European Commission. (link for download)
The study identifies what the problems are, describes what solutions are to be attempted, and orients the work of the network. The first part of the study (Part A) gives a broad overview of the European context of the social economy and identifies the main stakeholders at European level. Part B analyses for each strand of work (public procurement and PSP, social franchising, finance, State aid and social services of general interest, social added value) the context, the actions already taken, the state of play, the problems, the good practices, the proposed solutions and the stakeholders to be involved. (link for download)
Preparation of a short publication on social entrepreneurship in OECD countries, on behalf of AVISE (French agency for valorisation of social and economic initiatives). The publication includes a description of the main concepts and actors and 10 sheets on the situation of social entrepreneurship in selected OECD countries.
This booklet addresses specific guidelines to European policy-makers in order to promote the role of WISEs in European policies. The guidelines are the result of a two-year project, part of the EU’s PROGRESS programme, that allowed organisations representing social enterprises and WISEs from eight Member States, European networks, institutions and experts to discuss the contribution of WISEs to employment, inclusion and enterprise policies and the role they play within National Action Plans (NAPs) for inclusion, National Reform Programmes (NRPs) and Structural Fund Operational Programmes (OPs). (link for download)
These eight cross-cutting reports set out how WISEs could make a better contribution to policies in the country concerned (It, Es, Pl, Ro, Mt, Be, Fi and At) and identify policy guidelines for national and local policy-makers. (link for download)
The first part of the study describes how European institutions deal with the social economy and the bodies and groups that have been set up in the last decades to favour this relationship. The second part of the study examines a large number of European networks and organisations representing the social economy or dealing with it. Section 3 of the study examines the situation in some European countries, namely Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, UK and Finland. (link for download)
It is a study on the educational programmes promoting co-operative enterprises among young people. It identifies initiatives at European level (France, Spain, Sweden, UK) in order to produce an inventory of good practices.
This study has been commissioned by FISE as a contribution to the Polish debate on the introduction of a new law on social enterprises. It analyses the four main legal frameworks expressly set up for social enterprises in Europe in UK, Italy, Belgium and Finland. (link for download)
On behalf of FISE, DIESIS has produced an overview of the main European regulations on public procurement and analysed the UK and Italian experience of public procurement for social enterprises. The study contains also some examples of successful public-social partnerships in different European countries. (link for download)
In the framework of a project promoted by CECOP and ETUC, DIESIS realised a study of best practices concerning the involvement of workers in cooperatives and workers owned enterprises, and especially aimed at investigating: • the existing systems of information, consultation and participation of workers; • training systems aimed at promoting information, consultation and participation of workers; • Supervision systems aimed (among other things) at supervising information, consultation and participation of workers.
On behalf of ISFOL (Research Institute of the Italian Labour Ministry), DIESIS has prepared a study on “Legal survey and analysis of best practices on social accounting and implication of workers and stakeholders in social enterprises in Europe”. The study aimed at providing suggestions for the practical implementation of the new Italian law on social enterprises.
7 EQUAL projects have appointed DIESIS to write a study on the different models of support structures for social enterprises in the following countries: Italy, France, Germany, Austria, UK and Sweden. (link for download)
The study has been realised in the framework of the project “Innovation and Employment +” submitted under Art. 6 ESF innovative actions by Confesal.
DIESIS has realised a comparative study of three social economy networks (CGM, FKU and Confesal) on behalf of “Coopérer pour entreprendre” (French network of activity cooperatives).
On behalf of Agenzia per le ONLUS (Italian governmental agency for the control and promotion of non profit organisations), DIESIS has compiled analytical sheets on 27 third sector European networks and has explored how European institutions work with non profit organisations.
DIESIS has realised for ISFOL (Research Institute of the Italian Labour Ministry), a survey on: “Social enterprises models in Europe”. Its summary has been published in the book “The rules of reciprocity: the impact of the new discipline of social enterprises”.