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Belgium piloted its first Health System Performance Assessment (HSPA) framework in 2008. The framework provides the basis to improve decision-making in health systems. Taking the Belgian experience with HSPA as a starting point, this Peer Review will also focus on methods and tools for (further) developing HSPA in national as well as comparative contexts.
This Peer Review (Spain, 25-26 March) will focus on the Digital Volunteering Programme (VolDIX), a project that aims to use new technologies as a tool to deal with social problems in Galicia, Spain. Participants will share good practices and discuss the potential of ICT for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The onset of the economic crisis has increased the risk of poverty across Europe making the need for action to fight poverty all the more pressing. In mid-January 2014 Peer Reviewers met in Brussels to hear about the approach in Belgium where the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion involves a wide range of stakeholders to formulate policy recommendations.
Across the EU homelessness stands at an unprecedentedly high level, particularly among young people. On 22 November, Peer Review participants met in Copenhagen to learn how Denmark has tackled homelessness using an integrated housing-first strategy.
A Peer Review held in Zagreb (Croatia) in October 2013 examined how social entrepreneurship can both support the economic recovery and combat social exclusion by integrating disadvantaged people into the labour market.
Many EU countries face the challenge of providing elderly care in the context of shortages of trained personnel. The Peer Review in Berlin (23-24 October) provided the opportunity for peer countries to explore the German approach of recruiting and training non-EU migrants.
EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm this September explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries on these topics.