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Call for tender! EASPD is looking for researchers to implement 4 studies starting in 2020

EASPD is looking for researchers to complete 4 research activities in the field of social care and support services. Find out more below.

Research on the European Green Deal and Social Services

This study should focus on identifying the opportunities that the European Green Deal (and related funding opportunities) can provide for social service providers, especially those active in the field of work and employment, education and training, and care and community living (and vice versa).

The study should help identify the “ecological” dimension and investment needs of social services; such as their infrastructure needs (renovation, energy processes, etc), the purchasing of products and services (catering, cleaning, maintenance, etc), the service provision itself (transport, etc), the type of area where services are provided (rural development, industrial transition, etc) and the impact on employment opportunities (social economy entreprises, inclusive farms, etc. The report should then assess how the EU policies, in particular the European Green Deal (but also the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Just Transition Fund, the shared management funds, etc), can open up opportunities to finance the relevant investment needs to make a Greener social services sector.

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Research “COVID-19 Preparedness in Social Services”

The study should focus on identifying lessons learnt from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting key actions to improve preparedness, bringing to light existing promising practices from across Europe and developing a booklet for different stakeholders on key actions to take to improve preparedness and resilience in social services in face of existing and future public health pandemics.

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Research “Impact of Covid-19 on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities: What Role for Social Economy Entreprises?”

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on employment around the world. Much has been said about the scale of actual and projected economic and social consequences of the pandemic on the employment in general, including jobs lost, changes in working arrangements, etc. With this research, EASPD aims to gather evidence specific to the situation of employment of persons with disabilities as a result of  the current pandemic, as well as to the capacity of social economy entreprises to keep and create jobs for persons with disabilities and other persons often excluded from the labour market. This role of Social Economy entreprises was specifically referred to as an opportunity following the COVID-19 pandemic by the European Commission in its Communication on the Country Specific Recommendations. This research should bring meat to the bone of this statement, in particular in view of the upcoming European Action Plan for the Social Economy and the European Disability Strategy.

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Research “Assessment of funding models for a successful implementation of the Child Guarantee – lessons learnt from the Youth Guarantee”

The upcoming legislative initiative looking to implement a Child Guarantee has the potential to bring substantial added value and financial support for children with disabilities, their families and the services that support them. It is however crucial that this Child Guarantee puts in place appropriate tools that will reach the most vulnerable children the Guarantee aim to target. In this regard, the study should analyse:

  1. How success of the Youth Guarantee;
  2. How Early Childhood Intervention and family-centred services for children with disabilities can support the implementation of a Child Guarantee;
  3. What provisions should be included in a Child Guarantee to empower high-quality inclusive children services.
  4. The potential funding models for the Child Guarantee

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Deadline for applications are 30th October.