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The Housing Dimension of Welfare Reform, Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00038


The EUROHOME-IMPACT project funded under the Fifth Framework Programme and, specifically, the key action for the improvement of social science knowledge base had three main objectives: first, to use longitudinal survey data to explore housing integration and stress - pathways and risks; second, to evaluate social services and social reintegration programmes with a housing element or targeting homeless persons; third, on the basis of the above to draw conclusions and recommendations for policy, on the one hand, and policy impact assessment, on the other.
The research commenced in 2000 and was completed in 2002. The project produced ten scientific deliverables and a final report. The study covered most European Union Member States but concentrated, in particular, on Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland.
The approach adopted by the EUROHOME-IMPACT project combines quantitative and qualitative methods as well as assessments with different units or at different levels of analysis. This approach can be generalised to social policies or programmes more generally in the framework of the open method of coordination for the promotion of a European social policy agenda. The key features of this approach are the following: (a) identify the target area and specify its scope thus also the boundaries of observation; (b) undertake historical and prospective institutional analysis; (c) chart aggregate outcomes with the help of socio-economic indicators; (d) explore the dynamics of exclusion and inclusion through micro-level analyses.

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