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EASPD’s 2023 Reports Re-cap

From the opportunities of State Aid to promising practices for Inclusive Education, find out more about EASPD's 2023 reports and studies.

In 2023 EASPD continued its commitment to be the point of reference for learning and knowledge exchange in the disability services sector. As part of this work it has supported the publication of a number of reports and studies. From scrutinising the principles of social innovation to explaining the intricacies of public procurement for inclusive employment opportunities, each report provides invaluable insights into key areas within the disability field.

Find out more about each report below.


The Concept of Social Innovation in the Disability Field

This study provides a comprehensive understanding of social innovation in the disability field by constructing a working definition, delineating qualifying criteria, and exploring the principles of good practices in order to understand the true meaning of social innovation in the framework of support services for people with disabilities on a cross-European basis.

Read the report here.


Impact of State Aid on the Development of the Social Economy and on Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities

This study provides an overview of the State Aid rules applicable to social service providers, including for persons with disabilities, and to social economy enterprises, as well as covering the most recent developments regarding the revision of the EU State Aid Framework. 

Read the report here.


Transition from Special Education to Inclusive Education Systems

This study explores the ways in which knowledge can be created and shared to promote the transition from special education to inclusive education systems. It provides a collection of 16 case studies from 11 European countries, ranging from day-to-day knowledge-sharing initiatives within school communities to nationwide reforms of the formal education system, holding the potential for wider adaptation in different countries and local contexts.

Read the report here.


Service Provider’s Implementation of Quality Approaches

This study addresses how service providers for people with disabilities are monitoring and ensuring quality in their day-to-day operations and to identify the most useful and valid approaches to measure quality.

Read the full report here.


Social services in Europe: Adapting to a new reality

This report addresses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on social services in the EU. While the pandemic negatively affected social services, it nevertheless provided lessons on how to adapt them in response to new challenges and social risks.

Read the report here.


CO-RESP report: Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

This paper seeks to identify how public authorities can promote inclusive and quality employment opportunities for persons with disabilities through the public procurement cycle. Put differently, it aims to explore the ways in which public authorities can design public procurement contracts that simultaneously meet their needs and achieve a positive social outcome, which is, in this case, the promotion of inclusive and quality employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Read the full report here.


The State of Play of Social Economy Development in non-EU Countries

This study defines and assesses contributing factors, the strategic, institutional and legal context of the social economy sector in the selected non-EU countries, to determine its strengths and weaknesses, as well as assessing its role within society, including in time of crisis as COVID19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

Read the report in full here.


Fostering Employment through Sheltered Workshops: Reality, Trends and Next Steps

The present study assesses the situation of sheltered workshops across the EU at present, especially with regard to article 27 of the UNCRPD. It then explores in detail the situation in seven countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

Read the full report here.


Quality of Life Index for Inclusive Education and how to use it in the monitoring of the European Child Guarantee

This report offers a framework for understanding the use of the Quality of Life Index for Inclusive Education (QoLI-IE) to monitor the educational areas of the European Child Guarantee (ECG). 

Read the report here.

To access EASPD's full list of publications, visit our resource page here.