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Call for tender! Study on how social impact measurement instruments are affecting the provision of social services across the European Union

Social Impact Measurement is one of the new buzzwords in policies related to the funding of social service provision. There is increasing pressure for social service providers to justify their expenses and measure their impact. New instruments are being developed, strengthened and implemented across Europe. Significant research exists on these different instruments, their benefits and how they function; in particular from the perspective of their benefits for funders and investors. Less research appears to be available on the impact these instruments have for social service providers, the sector’s workforce and the end-users.
 
As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2018, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team,  to conduct a study on how social impact measurement instruments are affecting the provision of social services across the European Union, in particular with regard to their contribution to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (especially, Art 19 and 27).
 
This study will include:

  1. Assessing how social impact measurement instruments are developed across the European Union, in at least five EU Member States in particular: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia and Spain (to be discussed).
  2. Assessing how they affect social services and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in the same countries), in particular Article 19.
  3. Bringing to light and proposing building blocks/key principles for good social impact measurement systems based on quality of life outputs.

The research should be based on desk research, interviews with relevant stakeholders (social service providers, disabled persons organisations, social care workers and others) at European and national levels in the six EU Member States, and other relevant methodologies. The methodology should be presented and explained in the application.

The Researcher/Research team should also be able to present the Report at an event, probably in Brussels.
 
The deadline to respond to the call is 30th September 2018, with interviews taking place between the 12th-18th October 2018.
 
To find out more about this call, and how to apply, click here.