Kveloce I+D+i presents (at home!) the study conducted for the EASPD

On Tuesday, April 7th our colleague Rebeca Lucas presented the results of the study “Alternatives to Public Procurement in Social Care and Support” commissioned by EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities). Social services are the key component of the welfare state in Europe, albeit their development trajectories, coverage and legal status still vary considerably across countries As you know, we are still active and, from home, we have participated as speakers in the webinar “Fund Inclusion: should care and support be not-for-sale?”, Organized by EASPD, in order to disseminate the results of the study “Alternatives to Public Procurement in Social Care and Support ”. The study, commissioned by EASPD, analyzes the state of social services in the European Union. At Kveloce I + D + i we not only support the achievement and execution of projects, but we also have an active role in research and innovation, especially in social innovation, as the collaboration with EASPD shows. Although social services have progressively gained a stronger foothold in national legislations and social policy agendas, their status remains weaker compared to health or education services. Moreover, due to the austerity measures brought about by the 2008 financial crisis, they have been subject to cuts and reorganisation. There have been changes in the way of financing, organizing and providing social services, showing different national idiosyncrasies in the capacities to restructure them, the execution itself and its results.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, approved in 2006 (UN CRPD), as well as the recent European Pillar of Social Rights, call for a paradigm shift in the way that care and support services are provided, a shift towards home care and community-based services enabling the full inclusion of all. In this context, not only investment levels are important, but also funding models become a key issue in ensuring the transition to quality, person-centered, inclusive and community-based services. The study that we have carried out from Kveloce I + D + i affects these aspects. The webinar event in which we participated specifically delved into a series of key questions:
  • Is competition good for the funding of social service provision (SSP)? Should such services be for-sale like any other market?
  • What are key elements required for funding models to help drive-up quality in SSP? How can the funding model guarantee quality?
  • How should/can funding models support innovation and creative ideas in SSP?
  • What does “best value for money” mean in SSP? Cheapest, effective for end-user, efficient for funder, etc?
  • What important elements are needed to ensure a skilled, motivated workforce with good pay and working conditions in SSP?
The webinar included three round tables and two presentations, one of them by our colleague Rebeca Lucas, as head of the study, and finally, Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of EASPD. Round-tables counted with the participation of Marnix Dijkman, from the Netherlands Ministry of Welfare and Sport, Anna Lupi, from the European Commission, Javier Guëmes, from ONCE, Laura Jones, from the European Rehabilitation Platform, Jakob Embacher, European Federation of Public Sector Unions, Karin Astegger from Lebenshilfe Austria, Irene Bertana, from COFACE Families Europe, Haydn Hammersley, from the European Disability Forum and Frank Sioen, from the European Network for Independent Living.
At Kveloce we continue to work in the consolidation of quality public services in the socio-health and educational fields, whilst supporting our clients in achieving their innovative, creative and highly social impact goals.