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Call extended! Study on promising practices on support models to ensure the right to vote for all

Following their resigning of their Joint Declaration, on ‘Developing the Support Services of Tomorrow,’ EASPD and the Taskforce on Support Services of Tomorrow are continuing their work to promote the use of co-production in the delivery of high quality support services that are in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In light of the upcoming European elections, the taskforce aims to explore how co-production can ensure that all citizens, including those with disabilities, can vote and participate in the elections. For the electoral process to be inclusive, cooperation between civil servants in electoral offices, polling stations, people with disabilities, supporters, and organisations is needed.

To achieve this goal the taskforce is looking for a contractor who can conduct a study challenges and opportunities that the concept of co-production provides for the electoral process

The study aims to identify promising practices on how persons with disabilities can be supported when exercising their right to vote and will result in recommendations for future election processes.

On the basis of desk research, the selected contractor will explore what an inclusive electoral process means for a variety of stakeholders, including: 

  • voters with and without disabilities,
  • families,
  • supporters,
  • judges,
  • civil servants,
  • policy makers,
  • political parties,
  • electoral offices.

The Contractor then will identify challenges and opportunities, including promising practices, on how persons with disabilities are supported throughout the electoral process. Following areas will be covered:

  • Overcoming resistance from stakeholders to grant the right to vote and to stand for elections.
  • Participation of people with disabilities and their representative organisations in the awareness-raising and training of civil servants and candidates for the elections.
  • Activities of political parties and media channels to make campaigns accessible to all.
  • Role of co-production in developing alternative voting systems or in facilitating participation in exiting processes: registration on lists, postal voting, mobile polling stations, advanced voting, electronic voting, voting by proxy, adapted transport from and to polling stations, etc.
  • Supporting persons with disabilities in the decision-making processes related to voting.

On the basis of identified practices, conclusions will be formulated for future elections. These conclusions will be assessed through online interviews with some European stakeholders including: a voter with a disability, a support person, a civil servant, a political representative and other potential stakeholders. The Contractor will then compile recommendations for a better involvement of voters with disabilities and their families/organisations in the conception, design, steering, and management of elections.

This study should be based on English language literature but covering a variety of European Union countries.

To read the call for tender in full please click here.


Deadline for application:                                                            3 May 2019
Response to application:                                                           10 May 2019
Finalisation of product:                                                              15 September 2019

Instructions for Interested Applicants

Only candidates from EU Member States are eligible for participating in the tender. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The applicant(s) should submit the following documents:

  • A motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).A technical proposal explaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, a proposed methodology, a work plan, resources needed, budget, etc. (not more than 2-3 pages).
  • CV, including the list of published articles, reports, studies if relevant.

The researcher is expected to demonstrate an operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of the GDPR.

Contacts details

Please send bids to Tim Ghilain, EASPD Senior Policy Officer,



Note to editors

The Taskforce ‘Support Services of Tomorrow’ is a formal cooperation between the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE Families-Europe), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), Inclusion Europe and Mental Health Europe (MHE-SME). Together these organisations have committed to providing a common understanding at European level on the direction support services should take to enable full inclusion.