Social space-oriented and inclusive participation of people with disabilities in the border region Bavaria - Tyrol

For people with disabilities, needs-based care as well as the right to choose the service provider freely are generally more difficult to realise in rural areas than in urban contexts. Although the same language is spoken in Germany and Austria and people now live quite naturally in one country, work, shop or go to hospital in the other, people with disabilities mainly take part in participation services in their respective home countries. This is due not only to a lack of cross-border services but also to a lack of knowledge of the service structures and the ways to access the neighbouring country services. Additionally, there is also a lack of knowledge about personal rights. This project captures existing offers and services in the social space. By conducting 5 focus groups (2x affected persons, relatives, institutions, politics) and interviews, knowledge about the perception of participation services in the social space, hindering factors and perspectives as well as unmet needs, is generated. Additional knowledge is generated through a moderated large group event where affected persons and experts participate. First findings can be multiplied here. A legal opinion will be created at the same time, which will highlight legal and administrative barriers and opportunities for cross-border service participation. The findings from the focus groups and the large group event will be included. Recommendations for actions for further offers for the social space of the border region will be derived from the gained knowledge. These recommendations will be made available to those affected, to specialists and to social policy makers. This will be done via a brochure (professional public and social policy) as well as by means of an online platform. There the results will be presented in an understandable way, services and offers in the social space will be presented and further information will be provided.



Program Evaluation „Gütesiegel Gesunde Schule Tirol“(„Hallmark Healthy School Tyrol“)

The hallmark Healthy School Tyrol Program is dedicated to a holistic conception of health and intends to change individual behavior in favor of a healthier lifestyle. To achieve this overarching goal early sensitization of the health topic is promoted in children and teenagers, as well as, in decision makers within the school context (e.g. teachers). Establishing health-promoting structures and processes should strengthen the individual self-efficacy (empowerment) and the psychosocial and physical well-being of students. Objectives of the evaluation are to assess 1) the implementation of the hallmark criteria, 2) the supervision during the conception and implementation and 3) the impact of the program on students. To grasp the impact of the hallmark in its full extend a mixed-method approach is utilized including qualitative and quantitative approaches. The qualitative part includes a document analysis and group discussions to identify restricting and/or activation factors for the implementation of the “Hallmark Healthy School Tyrol”. Examining the influence of the hallmark on the course of development in children and teenagers is the main concern of the quantitative part and achieved via a three-part panel analysis.

Health Literacy “Measuring Health Competencies in Children”

Data regarding health literacy in children within the Tyrolian context are scarce to non-existent. Owed to the fact that currently used survey tools were developed to measure health literacy in adults and teenagers above 13 years of age (e.g. HLS-EU) leading to the underrepresentation of children in health literacy data. To challenge this issue the Center for Social & Health Innovation in cooperation with the TGKK and GÖG will develop an appropriate measurement tool targeting children between the age of 9 and 13 years in close contact with experts from HLCA Research Consortium from Bielefeld. The developed tool is tested via pen & paper and digital questionnaires with around 1000 children. Accompanied by focus groups with children to allow for profound interpretations of the quantitative survey data.

Caritas Research Funding 2019

The Caritas Diözese Innsbruck in cooperation with the Center for Social & Health Innovation aims to support and fund students who passionately and actively engage in topics of day-to-day work within the Caritas. In the course of collaborative projects, research questions evolving from daily practice are scientifically investigated to identify and develop possible solutions. Combining practical perspectives and scientific support should enable students to contribute to solving contemporary social challenges. The call 2019 revolves around the transition from the professional life into retirement, which confronts affected persons to develop a new concept of life detached from institutionalized employment. Included are two core questions. Firstly, the status of voluntary work as new form of lifestyle and inherent motivating factors. Secondly, the role of employers in the last years of employment and their contribution to support voluntary work via legal and organizational aspects.

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