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The European Centre is a UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization concerned with all aspects of social welfare policy and research. Executive Director is Kai Leichsenring.


Evaluation of the “Project “Home Care toward an Independent and Dignified Life”” in Bulgaria

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The European Centre, through Dr Rahel Kahlert and Dr Ricardo Rodrigues, has just completed the evaluation of the project ““Home Care toward an Independent and Dignified Life”” of the Bulgarian Swiss Cooperation Programme. The evaluation focused on the efficiency, sustainability and outcomes of the project (improving access to home care, including Roma population among care workers and users, implementing quality assurance). To this end the evaluation applied the OECD DAC criteria for evaluating development assistance. The final evaluation report has been approved by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. This project signals the strengthening of the policy evaluation expertise of the European Centre, which is an important asset for the Bridge Building strategy of the Centre. Contact: Ricardo Rodrigues

Survey of the Working Conditions of the Long-term Care Workforce in Austria

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The European Centre will carry out a study of the working conditions of the long-term care workforce in Austria. This study is funded by the Arbeiterkammer and includes a survey to be carried out in 2017 among a random sample of employees of different types of providers and it covers both the residential and home care sectors. The survey will be compatible with similar surveys carried out in the Nordic countries (NORDCARE), Canada and Germany, among other countries, and will therefore allow for analysis of the working conditions of the Austrian care workforce and comparisons with the situation of other countries. For more information visit the project’s webpage. Contacts: Ricardo Rodrigues, Gudrun Bauer, Kai Leichsenring

Strengthening the links with UNECE Geneva

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During the ninth Meeting of the UNECE Working Group on Ageing (21-22 November 2016) Kai Leichsenring gave a presentation about ‘The Economic Dimension of Ageing – From Silver Economy to Ageing 4.0’. Economic potentials of ageing societies will need to be underpinned by social investment and moves towards a new life-course approach as well as towards new types of work-life balance – issues that were in part addressed by the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing but will need to be further developed under new technological and economic conditions.

New project: POOSH - Occupational Safety and Health of Posted Workers

The project “POOSH” addresses high priority challenges linked to the process of posting in a holistic way, i.e.by integrating the aspect of OSH into the mainstream debate on posting of workers and social dumping. It aims at producing state-of-the-art studies on under-researched themes and thus filling the research gap and producing important new knowledge. The project is implemented by a multidisciplinary research team of five partner organisations during January 2017 and December 2018. With POOSH a comprehensive informational e-­ Observatory on the OSH of posted workers will be created, awareness-raising events organised, and educational material disseminated, thereby contributing to the prevention of violations in addition to monitoring the breaches of labour laws.

New Project: BACID – Social Enterprises in Active Labour Market Policies in Macedonia

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The BACID project intends (1) to transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre; (2) to jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups. Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

Contributing to a more age-friendly region across Austrian-Hungarian borders

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The project ‘Age-friendly Region’ will contribute to more age-friendly societies in the Austrian-Hungarian border region. New approaches to support older people in need of care as well as their families will be promoted by facilitating appropriate living and housing arrangements. The European Centre will accompany this process and evaluate results of the Case Management pilot projects to foster mutual learning between the two countries. The project will be an important step to improve bilateral cooperation between Austria and Hungary in this area.

New project: Mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion

The European Centre is part of the consortium that has been established to support the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) with its mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion over the next 4 years. The ‘Framework service contract supporting peer reviews and other mutual learning processes in the fields of employment, social affairs and inclusion’ is led by ICF International and will be implemented together with IRS (Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale) and RadarEurope.

New Project: “A New Framework for Integrating Health Services Delivery and Long-term Care”

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This study was commissioned by WHO Europe with the objective to underpin the implementation of its ‘European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery’ (EFFA IHSD). The multiple challenges at the interfaces between health systems and long-term care (LTC) will be addressed by evidence from experiences and models across Europe to achieve solutions with improved outcomes in terms of quality of care from a patient’s perspective, effectiveness, efficiency and equity. Contact: Kai Leichsenring, Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefania Ilinca

New Project: “Work 4.0”

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The so-called ‘Industry 4.0’ is regarded as the 4th Industrial Revolution with an enormous impact on the world of work. It influences qualification needs, work organisation, the quality of work, and, in more general, the collaboration between humans and technology. To assist SMEs in their preparation for current and upcoming changes, the European Centre will contribute to developing and testing a curriculum for a training course ‘Work 4.0’. This course will cover major work-related topics such as new forms of work organisation, changes/needs for ‘learning & skills’, diversity, gender and the ageing of the workforce during seven training modules. Contact: Anette Scoppetta

Workshop “Community Care for People with Dementia”

Workshop “Community Care for People with Dementia”

On December 6th, Katharine Schulmann and Stefania Ilinca presented key findings from the European Centre study ‘Community Care for People with Dementia: A Handbook for Policymakers,’ at a workshop co-hosted by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs in Stockholm. Swedish experts involved in the drafting of Sweden’s new national dementia strategy and several international experts were in attendance. Discussion focused on the importance of a holistic and person-centred approach to care for people with dementia living in the community. The final report is expected to be available in early 2017. Contact details: schulmann@euro.centre.org