IN-CUBA Intellectual Outputs

Here you can find the Intellectual Outputs delivered by the Project Partnership

  • IO1 – Analysis of users needs and requirements to develop an incubator methodology based on co-production for people with intellectual disability: This analysis focuses on the results of the ENABLE project and the experiences of the partners involved, as well as on the situation of entrepreneurship for people with disability, in particular focusing on the existing literature at European and International level. Download the the full document

  • IO2 – Report: levers and obstacles in the access to entrepreneurship for people with intellectual disability: this outputs, which is formally a research survey, aims at pointing out how entrepreneurship is accessible at European level for people with intellectual disability, and what are the main barriers in this regard. The research wants to show what are the systems in place, to what extent they are accessible, and what development opportunities could be envisaged.

  • IO3 – Business incubator Toolkit: methodology, based on co-production, to develop accessible business incubator services for people with intellectual disability.  IO3 is the main output of IN-CUBA, and consists in a methodology based on co-production to supports the development of ideas and projects to transform them into enterprises (considered in its widest meaning). This Output is the result of 3 components: 20%: Inputs from experts and incubators; 20%: Results of IO2, Levers and obstacles in the access to entrepreneurship for people with Intellectual Disability; 60%: Co-productive Focus Groups have been organised in each country involved to discuss with users, their families, and the community, enterprises and the support that is needed to set up an activity. The result of these 3 components is a methodology for incubation divided in 5 steps: 1) Enabling, empowering (triggering potential); 2) Collecting, generating and developing ideas; 3) Idea Development; 4) Stabilisation; Feasibility, Impact, Evaluation.

  • IO4 – Report Pilot Actions: testing the co-produtive methodology for incubating enterprises for people with intellectual disability. This document summarises the results of the pilot action that tested the co-productive methodology developed in IO3. The testing phase is a very important phase of the project, as it allowed to put into practice the elements elaborated by the partnership and get significant feedback from all the users involved. These feedbacks, together with the evaluation reports (IO5), helped updating and refining the methodology.  Originally planned and organised via physical co-productive focus-groups, the development of this output has been affected by the confinement measures that have been adopted in all the countries involved. Nevertheless, even in face of an uncertain situation, all partners manifested a strong commitment to move on and work online when physical meetings were not possible. In particular, thanks to the experience already developed by OpenGroup in the development of digital social services, all partners were able to organise effective online co-productive focus groups.

  • IO5 – Evaluation: the pilot action has been evaluate under two different angles:
    • Quality of life (QoL) of the persons involved: how the project fits in the his/her life project? The quality of life has been assessed with the help of specific tools that consider the interests and the level of satisfaction with certain areas of life, in addition to the opportunity and the possibility to take an active part in decisional processes. In broad terms, a QoL framework should identify the degree to which individuals attribute importance to various areas of their lives, and the degree to which they perceive satisfaction. This should be carried out with a view to increasing overall life satisfaction in the life areas that are deemed to be most important.
  • Social Impact: the objective of this activity was to verify whether the activities carried out in the pilot  contributed to generating changes in society.  The value of social impact is the result of:
    • actions carried out, which provide us with quantitative data (objective indicators): Impact on people, on the community, on the organisation / entities, on the environment;
    • the analysis if the emotional value generated by the project in on the agents involved (perception/subjective indicators).

  • IO6 – Video Tutorials: The IN-CUBA Methodology has been made accessible in easy to understand video tutorials in all the project languages. The videos are available at the following link:

  • IO7 – Training Guidelines: The Methodology has been also enriched by a set of Training Guidelines for educators and trainers in order to make it transferable. The training guidelines are based on the work developed by all partners in the definition and implementation of a co-production methodology that aims to empower persons with disability with tools to create and develop entrepreneurial projects. The guidelines aim to empower professionals working with persons with disability with contents and resources to facilitate the adoption of the co-production methodology for incubation.

  • IO8 – Outcome & Achievements: The final Intellectual Output was meant to take stock of all the work done during the implementation of the IN-CUBA action, reporting all the results, and identifying policy recommendations addressed to policy makers and relevant stakeholders. The starting point of the document is that entrepreneurship is rarely thought about for people with intellectual disability. Even if there is an openness to supporting people’s ideas and ambitions, setting up and management may be seen as a heavy burden, and the necessary support to do so very difficult to find. Sometimes, however, what is needed is just a change of perspective to expand the concept of enterprise to embrace something creative, personally fulfilling and validating that is attempted or undertaken, particularly if it requires boldness or courage, and a group of visionary partners that are not afraid of breaking barriers and are willing to involve users and their families in a new adventure; one that develops an “incubator” methodology focussed on people with intellectual disability and based on the principles of co-production. A business incubator is an organisation that helps new and start-up companies to develop by providing support services and insure the access to the resources they need. It aims at helping a founder or team determine if a business concept is viable and then set them up for success. In the context of IN-CUBA, we can define incubator a support for the developments of projects and ideas, a methodology based on co-production that support the development of ideas to transform them into entrepreneurial projects. The document analyse all the outputs developed during the project implementation, stressing their connection and the role played by all the partners involved. The document recognise that, after three years and several hours of co-productive focus groups, it is possible to say that the results of this action are extremely positive and went beyond what was initially foreseen in the project description, witnessing a process of personal and professional growth for the persons involved, and in particular for beneficiaries and service providers. It offers some policy recommendation on co-production and access to entrepreneurship for people with intellectual disability and recognise that a helping hand towards can come from the Social Economy, whose enterprises play an important role in the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups and whose legal forms may prove to be friendlier models.  The document recognise as well that the moment is also particularly interesting also because social inclusion has come back to the EU priorities by the adoption of the new Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 aimed at fully implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It is therefore important to take advantage of this moment to build policies that allow people to access the labour market either as employees or as independent workers and that introduce mechanisms to sustains the costs of a worker with disability.