Synthesis of Best Practice

The Synthesis of best practice report contains a literature review on the subject of university social responsibility (USR) and a study on USR good practice in Europe with the collection and analysis of 40 cases from European universities. Documentary analysis was captured in a good practice identity card template. The procedures for analysis include: tabulation of the cases according to geographical area (north, central, east, south Europe), thematic focus and elements that qualify as ‘good practice’; word analysis with the use of software QSR NVivo 10; a matrix that includes ISO 26000 (The International Standard on Social Responsibility) core subjects and the UNESCO 1998 “World Declaration on Higher Education for the Twenty First Century”; and finally, case studies. The most important innovation and social impact aspects of these practices are then reported.