Study on integrated delivery of social services aiming at the activation of minimum income recipients in the labour market - success factors and reform pathways

Client: EC DG Employment, social affairs and Inclusion

Duration (from - to): October 2016 - April 2018
Partners:  Eftheia, Budapest Institute and Icon Institut Gmbh

Geographic coverage: 12 EU Member States

The overall objective of this study is to support the implementation of integrated social services delivery as outlined in the Social Investment Package (SIP) as well as the implementation of the Recommendation on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market, and of the European Council Recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.


The study will provide a comprehensive and concise analysis and assessment of reform processes focused on integration of social services aiming at the activation of minimum income recipients in the labour market. The aim is to (1) review the available evidence from past and on-going reform processes providing a critical assessment of each phase of the policy cycle from design and implementation to monitoring, evaluation and follow-up. By comparing reform episodes across countries, the study will also (2) identify the determinants for the success and failure of reforms and (3) elaborate pathways towards successful service integration.

The final Study will be published in the course of May 2018. Documentation from the final conference which took place in Brussels on 8 March 2018 is to be found at www.idss-conference.eu

European Social Affairs, Management and Communication
Research, policy analysis, training, capacity-building, information sharing and communication activities