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This past year, EASPD has decided to work on research in our sector. It has been shown that despite having significant research needs, the disability sector in Europe still faces numerous challenges in benefitting from research and innovation. This is why the DRI team has been working on that specific field.

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Members' consultation
Last year, EASPD carried out a consultation amongst its members to identify strategic priorities of service providers for persons with disabilities in future research and development directions in order to bring research closer to practice and to facilitate demand-driven research in which the opinion of sector practitioners matters.The participants of consultation meetings were asked to:

  • identify topics that future research should pursue
  • vote for these topics to establish a rank order of their priorities.

Report on the consultation
The objective of the report was to present the Agenda for future research in disability services based on the results of the consultation. The report aims to identify topics that, according to European service providers, need to be pursued by future research to improve or facilitate disability services. 
Read the report here.

Research Forum

Following the consultation and the publication of the Agenda for future research report, EASPD organised a Joint Research Forum which was co-organised with the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services of the University of Siegen.The participants of the forum discussed the perspectives for European Research Activities in the field of Community Planning and Inclusive Services. One of the main outcomes of the meeting is the commitment to initiate a European research platform for inclusive community planning and service development for people with disabilities.

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If you want more information, please contact Renaud Scheuer, EASPD Research and Development Officer