Investing in services for the well-being of people: A collection of case studies

In 2016 we collected case studies from Social Platform members, their national members and partners to illustrate the positive impact that investment in health, housing, employment and education services can have on both the economic and social situation of EU Member States. The 14 case studies demonstrate how a social investment approach to the provision of services advances the well-being of people in practice.

The case studies can be divided into five often cross-cutting categories:

Investing in integrated social and health care services

Investing in migrants’ and refugees’ inclusion

Investing in people’s employability through the social economy and social enterprises

Investing in children and young people

Investing in the community, housing and independent living to promote social inclusion

  • Fa bene (Italy): Social and employment services, community action for social inclusion
  • Cowan Court (UK): Extra care housing

Download the full collection of ‘social investment’ case studies here.

As well as social investment, the accessibility of services is vital to their success. Our member European Disability Forum (EDF) introduced us to the BBC’s Subtitle Time Machine Project in the United Kingdom, which fosters the accessibility of services in the area of public broadcasting. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Laura Marchetti from EDF and Richard Kurzik from the BBC for their contributions to our work on investing in services!