Publications

publications

First edition of the European social statistics pocketbook
Innovation policies
This publication provides a comparative overview of the social statistics available in the EU Member States and the Candidate Countries and includes a description of the social field through a selection of indicators presented in tables and graphs and commented.
The Patients’ involvement in health policies in Europe
Innovation policies
Despite the rise of health consumer and patients' organizations (HCPOs) in modern healthcare systems, studies are few and far between. In particular there is a lack of comparative research across Europe and at the pan-European level. In an effort to address this gap, an experts workshop funded by the European Science Foundation has been held in Vienna in February 2006 and has seen the participation of 22 delegates from 10 European countries (Baggott, Forster, 2008).
Rethink investment in homes - new publication on the benefits of investing in housing in times of crisis
Eco-independence
This publication brings together a series of information, figures, case studies from different EU countries and even beyond which reinforce the idea that affordable housing is one of the best areas for governments to invest in. Not only because it has direct effects on the living conditions of low-income households but also because it helps save costs on many other areas, ranging from health, employment to social inclusion and education.
Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the european semester
Innovation policies
This document presents a set of non-comprehensive proposals for alternative Country-Specific Recommendations. Whilst it does not pretend to give an all-encompassing input into this year’s European Semester, it does provide a strong signal to European decision-makers that civil society stands ready to engage in this process, to provide alternative analysis and proposals to help the EU deliver on its broader social and sustainable objectives and gender equality.
Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the european semester
Innovation policies
This document presents a set of non-comprehensive proposals for alternative Country-Specific Recommendations. Whilst it does not pretend to give an all-encompassing input into this year’s European Semester, it does provide a strong signal to European decision-makers that civil society stands ready to engage in this process, to provide alternative analysis and proposals to help the EU deliver on its broader social and sustainable objectives and gender equality.
Eldercare Services - Lessons from a European Comparison
Active Ageing
The demographic change is increasing the demand for eldercare services in Europe. At the same time, this sector shows an enormous growth potential in terms of employment. The major challenge European countries face in this con text is to provide the elderly with high - quality need - based supportive services. This can only be achieved successfully if the basic structural conditions are set in the right way. If the bulk of these services is to be provided by the formal sector, more jobs can be created and, at the same time, more households can be relieved of informal services. This paper therefore focuses upon the efforts to professionalized eldercare services in the formal sector, which requires effective organisational structures, qualification and quality standards and a proper financing.
Knowledge translation framework for ageing and health
Active Ageing
The objective of the document is to assist policy- and decision -makers in integrating evidence-based approaches to ageing in national health policy development processes, specific policies or programmes addressing older population needs and other health programmes concerned with such issues as HIV, reproductive health, chronic diseases.
A social work study on characteristics of institutionalized elderly versus nursing home residents
Eco-independence
This paper presents a social work study to investigate depression and mental ability among elderly people who live in institutional elderly versus nursing home residents. The study designs a questionnaire and distributes it among 345 elderly people who live on both places. The study uses Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) test where mental ability contains seven factors including “general information”, “orientation”, “mind ontrol”, “logical memory” and “repeated igures”, “visual memory” and “learn association”. We have performed some statistical tests and the results show that there is not any meaningful difference between two groups of people in terms of mental utilization when the level of significance is five percent. However, in terms of seven scales, there are some meaningful differences on “general information” and “visual memory” between two groups. The study also shows that there is a meaningful difference between two groups of people in terms of “depression level” when the level of significance is five percent.
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013
Innovation policies
Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress. The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Germany, Denmark and Finland. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are the countries that have most improved since last year. Drivers of innovation growth in the EU include SMEs and the commercialisation of innovations, together with excellent research systems. However the fall in business and venture capital investment over the years 2008-2012 has negatively influenced innovation performance.
Active and Healthy Ageing - For you & with you
Active Ageing
“Active and Healthy Ageing - For you & with you” is a new brochure published by the European Commission to highlight the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow related to demographic ageing in Europe. Prepared by the Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content & Technology, within the Digital Agenda for Europe strategy, the brochure presents a selection of EU-funded IT solutions developed to improve the health and quality of live of seniors.
Newsletter nº1. INNOVAGE project - english
Newsletter
Find attached the Newsletter nº1 of INNOVAGE. This project focuses on ageing, development of innovation policies to drive regional competitiveness linking ageing with eco-independent living. If YOU want to receive the Newsletter just email to proyectos4@intras.es
Polo ICT. Bridge enabling competitiveness. Annuario 2012
Innovation policies
The main aims of the “Polo ICT” are to orientate regional companies to promising developments, to concretize ideas of innovative projects, to promote networking throughout meetings and new partnerships and to create synergies with the innovation hub of Piamonte. This yearbook shows the results achieved by the Polo ICT during the last three years. (Document in italian)
Report on the workshop Demographic Change
Innovation policies
Within the framework of the Thematic Programme Capitalisation initiative of the Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC a targeted thematic workshop on Demographic Change was organised on the 7th of November. The workshop took place in Brussels and regions participating in the INTERREG IVC Projects were invited, and in addition EU experts in the thematic field of demographic change. 16 project partners from 7 different Interreg IV C projects participated in the workshop. The document attached is the report of this workshop
Social Agenda 29 - Ageing society - Time for action
Active Ageing
2012 being the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Social Agenda issue 29 devotes a special feature to this event. This issue also presents key policy documents which the European Commission recently adopted, on how to concretely achieve a job-rich recovery, keep pensions adequate, safe and sustainable, and anticipate and prepare company restructuring. Further subjects include an EU-funded project on how to boost inclusive entrepreneurship, a cross-border social security coordination project and the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy. On top of regular items, this issue features an interview with Lieve Fransen, European Commission Director for Social Policies and Europe 2020. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German.
One Step Up in later life: learning for active ageing and intergenerational solidarity
Active Ageing
The European Commission has published a statement calling on authorities and organisations in Member States to do more to promote the benefits of lifelong learning, active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. These are the Conference Memorandum Key messages from the conference workshops summarized by Prof. Stephen McNair.
The Eco- innovation Action Plan (Eco-AP
Innovation policies
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Innovation for a Sustainable Future — The Eco-innovation Action Plan (Eco-AP)’ COM(2011) 899 final (2012/C 351/14)
Reaching the Heights with ICT
Good practices
Best practices guide about the development of e-government and e-health services in mountain and rural regions of the EU (IMMODI Project, IMplementing DIgital development in MOuntain area)
Active and healthy ageing – a long-term view up to 205
Good practices
Report based on literature and desk research about challenges and latest developments in R&D related to the “ageing challenge” as well as insights and results gained from a policy/expert workshop on“active and healthy ageing”
The new old age: perspectives on innovating our way to the good life for all
Good practices
NESTA’s public services innovation lab identify, test and demonstrate important services we need for an aging society, particularly focusing on services that help to extend work and social participation for people aged 50 to 75
‘Village’ groups, home alterations help more elderly people keep the homes they love
Good practices
How Smart homes and personal support helps elder people to continue living in their houses.

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