The measures carried out as part of the structural fund programme are expected to achieve social innovations. Particularly in the activities supported through ESF, it must be possible to identify, which types of social innovation have been achieved. Support of social innovations is important so that the programme can better respond to changes in society. Testing and assessing of innovative solutions before they are more widely used is an important part of the work of the ESF.
Social innovations are particularly important in the promotion of employment among the young and people in a weak labour market position, extension of working careers, improvement of work productivity and well-being at work, motivation of early leavers from education, finding of new educational solutions, raising of skill levels among adults and the strengthening of social inclusion among disadvantaged groups.