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The mission of the European Centre's work is to improve social inclusion in Europe by building bridges between policy, research and practice to foster evidence-based innovation in social welfare, between EU Member States and Accession countries as well as countries of the Eastern Partnership to facilitate the integration of welfare systems, but also between various sectors of social welfare to promote people-centred, inclusive and integrated provision of services and facilities.


New publication: The Buurtzorg concept and home care in Austria

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The European Centre has promoted the innovative approach to community care of the Netherlands’ ‘Buurtzorg model’ since several years at a number of occasions and through several publications. Kai Leichsenring and Heidemarie Staflinger (Chamber of Labour Upper Austria) have now examined the opportunities and caveats to transfer the model of community nursing by autonomous teams to the Austrian realms of home care delivery. In particular with respect to new patterns of work organisation, staff development, reduced hierarchy and new approaches to care there are interesting features to be taken on board, but prevailing decision-making, control mechanisms and ‘taylorised’ division of work would call for a radical change in many provider organisations. The article was published in German in WISO. Contact: Kai Leichsenring

New Journal Article: ‘Fairness and Eligibility to Long-Term Care: An Analysis of the Factors Driving Inequality and Inequity in the Use of Home Care for Older Europeans’

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This article by Stefania Ilinca, Ricardo Rodrigues and Andrea E. Schmidt analyses differences in home care utilization between community-dwelling Europeans in nine countries. It presents concentration indexes and horizontal inequity indexes for each country and results from a decomposition analysis across income, care needs, household structures, education achievement and regional characteristics. It finds pro-poor inequality in home care utilization but little evidence of inequity when accounting for differential care needs. Household characteristics are an important contributor to inequality, while education and geographic locations hold less explanatory power. The authors discuss the findings in light of the normative assumptions surrounding different definitions of need in LTC and the possible regressive implications of policies that make household structures an eligibility criterion to access services.


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The VIENNA EVALUATION NETWORK (VEN) aims to connect practitioners, commissioners of evaluations, researchers, trainers and other interested public from different professional fields and create a space for interdisciplinary exchange of cutting-edge evaluation issues. VEN will organise about four meetings a year with a presentation by a guest speaker on an evaluation-related topic followed by discussion. Contact: Rahel Kahlert.

Bridging research, policy, and practice at the BACID Danube Governance Forum

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Sonila Danaj, Rahel Kahlert and Orsolya Lelkes contributed to the BACID Danube Governance Forum on December 4, 2017 in Vienna, which brought together stakeholders from South-Eastern Europe to discuss how to enhance capacity and reform of public administration. Rahel Kahlert was a panelist in the panel Open Dialogue on Sustainable Reform of Public Administration to focus on critical factors underlying effective public service delivery. Reference points were the European Centre’s Eastern European Social Policy Network, as well as projects in Kosovo, Macedonia (BACID projects) and the Western Balkans. The next round of BACID calls is planned for 2018.

Short-term consultancy in Kosovo in the financing of social services

The EU-funded project Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo is looking for a short-term consultant for developing a financial model for social service delivery. Deadline for application is December 17, 2017. More details can be found here.

Early stage researchers in the field of ageism wanted

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The European Centre is intending to host a researcher in the field of ageism as an affiliated partner of a new Innovative Ph.D. Training Programme funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 – Marie Curie-Actions). The overall goal of the programme is to bridge between science and policy in the field of ageism and to produce professionals who can take a variety of positions,along the science-policy continuum. The consortium members are seeking 15 excellent early stage researchers (ESR) for a 3-year fully-funded Ph.D. program in the research areas of: Psychology, sociology, social psychology, political sciences, social work, economy, clinical pharmacy, engineering, design, social networks, geography, nursing, gerontology, gender studies, labor studies, anthropology, law and related fields. For more information, please click here. Contact: Kai Leichsenring

Review of report on consumption of pharmaceuticals

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A number of countries regularly publish data on the consumption of pharmaceuticals. Recently, the Main Association of the Austrian Social Security Institutions has provided administrative data on pharmaceutical consumption in Austria which have been analysed and presented in a draft report. The European Centre will coordinate an external evaluation of these analyses.