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Трансформация управления социальной сферой: запрос на социальные инновации

The article is devoted to the social innovations as new solutions and approaches for solving problems in the social sphere. Core features of social innovation are introduced on the theoretical level. Due to certain characteristics of the third sector organisations they have better opportunities to introduce innovative changes and improve efficiency of decisions than private or governmental sectors. Third sector organizations are considered to be the most promising actors as they create the feasibility and the subsequent diffusion of new ideas and approaches initiated by citizens. Empirical base of the analysis includes surveys of Russian federal elites in 2008 (n = 303), 2011 (n = 300), 2013 (n = 300), 2014 (n = 300) years; all-Russia population survey (18+) in 2014 (n = 1500). Gained results demonstrate presence of the pronounced social demand for increasing role of non-profits in provision of social services. Both population and elite groups expressed such a demand. However, current impact of participation of non-profit organizations in providing social services was evaluated below average by all groups of respondents. In the article we conclude about growing expectations of non-profits' contribution in providing social services. We also result with evidences of legitimate request from the government for outsource social services to non-profit organizations