Welcome to the Horizontal Issues Knowledge Centre!
Here you will be able to find regularly updated database of theoretical and practical materials & resources on Horizontal Issues for service provision to people with disabilities, such as:
- Policy and Legislation
- Quality of Services
- Funding of Services
- Users' involvement and Co-production
You'll also be able to find information related to several EASPD projects. At the moment, the projects available are:
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Social Impact Investment – Building the Evidence Base
This report provides a framework for assessing the social impact investment market and focuses on
the need to build the evidence base. The report highlights the importance of further international
collaborations in developing global standards on definitions, data collection, impact measurement and
evaluation of policies as well as experience sharing between players in the market.
Social Impact Investment: European Economic and Social Committee Opinion
The Commission's Social Investment Package (SIP) highlights the importance of well-designed welfare systems in which social enterprises and social entrepreneurs are supported as pioneers of change and innovation to complement public sector efforts.
Social Investment Package
DescriptionThe Social Investment Package (SIP) is a series of non-binding documents, adopted by the European Commission in 2013 as a response to the economic crisis, threatening the achievement of the EU2020 poverty and employment targets and to the demographic changes that are shrinking the size of the working-age population in Europe.
Social services of General Interest
This Communication is a further step towards taking into account the specific nature of social services at European level. It presents an open list of characteristics reflecting the specific nature of social services as services of general interest.
Stability and Growth Pact (SGP)
The Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is a set of rules designed to ensure that countries in the European Union pursue sound public finances and coordinate their fiscal policies.
Strengthening the Workforce for People with Disabilities: Initial Mapping Across Europe
EASPD has recently established a European Observatory for Human Resources (EOHR) on staffing issues in the disability field, which aims to develop a better understanding of how human resources are currently used. Through the commissioning and use of research, EOHR will facilitate discussions on critical issues of staffing, training and quality of life.
Study on Challenges and Good Practices in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The goal of this study is to identify challenges that may hinder the full and effective implementation of the Convention, and measures that would facilitate the achievement of its objectives (‘good practices’).
Study on Social Services of General Interest
DescriptionThe aim of this study on social services of general interest is to describe the status quo of four types of social services (long-term care, childcare, social housing and employment services) as regards three main aspects: the applicable regulatory framework for service provision and financing, the types of service providers, and the main quality tools and frameworks.
Support Services to Ensure the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
This report aims to raise awareness and provide guidance to States on how to ensure access to different forms of support for persons with disabilities inclusive of a human rights-based approach.
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, submits the present report to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 26/20. It describes the activities she carried out in 2016 and contains a thematic study on access to support by persons with disabilities.