Research & Innovation is one of the main strategic pathways in EPR. Teams of EPR experts develop strategies to meet sectoral challenges as well as tools and methods that directly improve service delivery systems. Consultancy support and a close monitoring of results ensure the actual deployment of EPR outputs at the centre level.
In this area EPR defined series of activities including:
- Mainstreaming and decentralisation of services
- Employment of people with disabilities and solutions for an 'ageing workforce’
- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
- Outcome measurement
- Assessment of people with disabilities
- Research & Development Forum
At European level EPR is involved as partner and promoter in several R&D and action projects focusing on various themes such as assistive technologies, vocational education and training, social skills, quality in social services.
- Current Projects
PESSIS 3: Promoting employers’ social services organisations in social dialogue (2015 - 2017) Follow up of the project PESSIS 2, it represents the third step of a longer term process aiming at establishing a representative platform for employers in the social services sector at European level.
Sport+4 All project (2015) The project aims at creating tools that will support more diverse and higher quality of sport on offer at European level for PwD. EQUASS will be providing external R&D support for overview and testing of Innovative practices and quality processes in Sport, and external R&D for developing a Cross Reference Study Sport vs HEPA.
- Past Projects
4Quality project (2015) The project is implemented by a European network of 9 partners able to structure a European stakeholder dialogue on quality of jobs and servicese. EPR is involved in the project through Social Services Europe.
Learnabil-IT: Mutual Learning on skills for the ICT labour market for people with disabilities (2014) Learnabil-IT aimed to promote the cooperation and mutual learning between the worlds of work and vocational education and training in the ICT sector, supporting a better labour skills match and a greater employability of people with disabilities in the open labour market.
PESSIS 2: Promoting employers’ social services organisations in social dialogue (2013 - 2014) It was the follow up of the project PESSIS and represented the second step of a longer term process aiming at establishing a representative platform for employers in the social services sector at European level.
ATIS4all Project: (2010 – 2013) Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for All (ATIS4all) is a European project aimed at improving the accessibility of assistive technology (AT) for all.
PRoject for IMplementation of Equavet (PRIME): (2011 – 2013) The project aims to use EQUASS as a tool for the implementation on the EQAVET framework for quality in the provision of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe.
ÆGIS Project: (2008 – 2012) The international project aimed at empowering people with disabilities, the elderly and anyone else experiencing disadvantaged when using Internet services, desktop PCs or mobile devices.
Active inclusion for young people with disabilities or health problems (2011 – 2012) Research project funded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) with the aim to evaluate and compare the status of the active inclusion of young people with disabilities in different countries.
Promoting employers’ social services organisations in social dialogue (PESSIS) (2011 – 2012) The project aimed to provide a detailed understanding of how social dialogue is organised and structured in the social sector in Europe.
- Projects on quality
DeSqual (2014) This project is a collaboration of 4 Quality assurance expert organisations and 10 social service providers / VET providers for people with disabilities who will pilot a new developed training program for achieving sustainable quality assurance. The project DeSqual will contribute to the sustainable implementation of EQAVET requirements in their quality system.
Prometheus Project: (2008 – 2010) The project aimed to reach an agreement between stakeholders about the definition, measurement, assessment and improvement of quality of social services.
EQUASS in Practice Project (2008 – 2010) aimed to develop and share best practice for how VET service providers may work to implement the EQUASS Assurance certification programme, improving quality of their services and achieving sustainable working practice and routines.
To download: List of EPR Project References