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Participation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector [PATHWAYS] [663474] - Project
Coordination of the project by lead FINCB

Start month:1 - End month: 36

Task 1.1: Coordination of activity and internal monitoring.
The Project Coordinator (PC) will be in charge of the overall of project management in order to ensure the implementation of the project in ...
Task 1.1: Coordination of activity and internal monitoring.
The Project Coordinator (PC) will be in charge of the overall of project management in order to ensure the implementation of the project in compliance with the Grant Agreement. The PC will implement systematic monitoring of the activities. The PC will act as the intermediary for all communications between the beneficiaries and the CHAFEA, request and review any documents or information required by the CHAFEA and verify their completeness and correctness before passing them on to the CHAFEA, submit the deliverables and reports after approval from the Steering Committee (SC), ensure that all payments are made by the FINCB Financial Manager to the other Beneficiaries without unjustified delay and inform the CHAFEA of the amounts paid to each beneficiary. Finally the PC is in charge of the management of the IPR and of the implementation of the Consortium Agreement.
The Scientific Committee (SC), will carry on the following activities: supervision and monitoring of the project programme, implementing key parameters and checkpoints ensuring that output performance is met according to the agreed timetable; monitoring of project progress towards the project milestones; ensuring the respect of ethical issues; ensuring the integration of the results into individual WPs or tasks, also in connection with the preparation of the project deliverables and periodic reports. The SC will approve the progress reports The SC is also in charge of the risk assessment, and will identify, if necessary, the need for redirecting activities and resources. The SC is also the place where potential conflicts and risks are managed and sorted out by the partnership. The technical activities will be carried out by each partner, led by the WP Leaders.
As far as the day by day project management and dissemination the PC and the SC will be assisted by a Project Management Team (PMT) including the Project Manager and the Assistant Project Manager.
Information will be exchanged among participants by emails and monthly teleconferences/webinars. A restricted area of the website will be used as document repository. Conflicts between participants will be coped with by the Scientific Committee. An Advisory Board composed by the collaborating stakeholders will advise and support the Project Coordinator and the Scientific Committee for any strategic issues related to the project implementation.

Task 1.2: Logistics.
The PMT, on input by the PC, will organise the envisaged project meetings. The kick-off meeting will be held in Luxemburg. Regular project meetings will be held virtually by teleconferences/webinars and/or one of the Beneficiaries. The Final meeting will be organized by FINCB. The site will be decided at the kick off meeting, if needed involvement of an external company is previewed.

Task 1.3: Legal and administrative issues.
The Consortium Agreement will include rules for ownership/use of project results. At the project start will be defined all technical (contribution of each partner, technical resources, scheduling) organisational (composition and rules of the SC and of the Advisory Board), financial (external audit reports, financial joint responsibility, etc.), and legal (liability, penalties, settlement of disputes) provisions in compliance with the grant agreement and the Internal cooperation agreement

Task 1.4: Reporting.
Periodic progress reports each 18 months will describe the work carried out and the results obtained during the period, indicate any deviation from the initial work programme, and include copies of the deliverables. Periodical financial implementation reports will compare the expenditure incurred during the period with the foreseen budget. The final implementation report shall include a detailed description of conducted activities with copies of deliverables annexed, manpower used, partner involved, countries involved, achievement of the objectives and financial report.
Dissemination of the project by lead FINCB

Start month:1 - End month: 36

Task 2.1: Stakeholder analysis. PATHWAYS will carry out a stakeholder analysis by systematically gathering and analysing qualitative information to determine whose interests should be taken into accou...
Task 2.1: Stakeholder analysis. PATHWAYS will carry out a stakeholder analysis by systematically gathering and analysing qualitative information to determine whose interests should be taken into account when developing and implementing the proposed project. Stakeholders will be grouped into the following categories: international, public, national, political, commercial/private, non-governmental organization (NGO)/civil society, labour, users/consumers and scientific societies. Characteristics such as knowledge of the policy, interests, position for or against the policy, potential alliances with other stakeholders, and ability to affect the policy process will be analysed. This will allow interacting more effectively with key stakeholders and increase support for PATHWAYS program, and will enable to detect and act to prevent potential misunderstandings and/or opposition to the implementation of the program. The stakeholder analysis will yield useful and accurate information on stakeholders, which will be used to provide input into other analyses, develop action plans to increase support for a reform policy; or guide a participatory, consensus-building process. To increase support or build consensus, information generated by the stakeholder analysis will be used to develop and implement a strategic dissemination and communication plan.

Task 2.2: Definition of the dissemination strategy. Once the stakeholder analysis is completed, PATHWAYS will design a detailed dissemination plan, which will identify target groups, communication objectives, dissemination tools and tasks of each partner. The plan will configure a strategy for the dissemination and optimal use of project’s results. The actions of the strategy will include:
- dissemination of information about the project and its aims to all interested stakeholders;
- presentations of results in scientific publications in publication organs and peer-reviewed journals;
- presentations of final and interim results at national and international conferences;
- involving European and national NGOs and advocacy groups in the project dissemination activities;
- informing other international organisations other than the WHO of the final project’s results, and sending them the main project deliverables, which, by means of their network and communication tools, will be disseminated at European and international level;
- creation and continuous update of a project’s website.
In addition, the national ministries dealing with employment and public health (particularly in the partners’ countries) will be involved in the dissemination of the project results. All members of the Advisory Board will disseminate PATHWAYS results in their networks: the World Health Organization (WHO) (Alarcos Cieza - Disability and Rehabilitation Unit Coordinator; Somnath Chatterji – Team Leader of Multi-Country Studies); universities (Luis Salvador-Carulla – University of Sidney, Australia); research centres (Jerome Bickenbach – Swiss Paraplegic Research); Advocacy Groups (Pedro Montellano- GAMIAN).
Below an overview of the dissemination strategy is provided which will be further defined at project start and implemented during the project
What will be disseminated (key message):Strategies of integration and reintegration into the workplace of people with chronic diseases; Information about the project
To whom (audience): Policy makers NGOs, member of labour organizations, international organizations, scientific community
Why (purpose): Awareness; Inform; Engage; Promote
How (method):Scientific publications, Conference, Project website, Leaflet
When (timing): Scientific publications and Conference month 36; Project website and Leaflet month 3.
KPI: at least 2 publications, at least 60 participants registered to the Final Conference, at least 1.000 access to website, at least 10 NGOs involved, at least 200 copies of leaflet distributed.

What will be disseminated (key message): Implementation of
Evaluation of the project by lead UJ

Start month:1 - End month: 36

The project evaluation will consist of a systematic appraisal of the success of the project, referring to the quality of the project (whether the outcomes meet the needs of the target groups) and its ...
The project evaluation will consist of a systematic appraisal of the success of the project, referring to the quality of the project (whether the outcomes meet the needs of the target groups) and its results (whether the project objectives have been achieved). Evaluation will focus on three aspects: quality, timing and costs.
The evaluation will be "semi-internal", meaning that it will be carried out mainly by P8 UJ. The team of P8 UJ will solely undertake the evaluation of the project and independently from the other aspects of the project. P8 UJ will be supported by the Advisory Board, composed by collaborating stakeholders’ representatives.

Task 3.1: Evaluation plan. A detailed evaluation plan for monitoring the work process and evaluating the project outcomes will be prepared before the kick-off meeting to be presented for discussion and improvements by all Project partners. PATHWAYS evaluation process will: 1. Ensure the appropriate timing of the Project activities. 2. Assess the appropriateness of budgetary arrangements and financial resources distribution. 3. Ensure the appropriate coverage of all groups of individuals defined in the Project objectives, identifying possible sampling bias. 4. Evaluate of the cost-effectiveness of the Project. 5. Effectiveness of communication between partners, project coordinator and WP leaders. Below a preliminary evaluation plan is shown, which will be detailed by P8 UJ and approved by all partners during the first project meeting.

Objective:Mapping available professional integration and reintegration strategies for people with chronic diseases and mental disorders in Europe
Actions: Systematic review; Quantitative data collection; Qualitative data collection
Process Indicator: Time of completion of the systematic review; Time of completion of quantitative data collection; Time of completion of qualitative data collection
Impact/ outcome indicator: Good knowledge of praxis of employment of chronic diseases and mental disorders in Europe completed by month 12
Method of data collection: Observation, Records, Interviews, Expert opinions/stakeholders.

Objective: To critically assess the level of evidence for the effectiveness of integration and re-integration into work strategies current available in Europe
Actions: Identification of scientific articles and structured reports; Analysis of literature
Process Indicator: Time of identification of scientific articles and structured reports; Time of completion of literature analysis
Impact/ outcome indicator: Enhanced knowledge of the effectiveness and feasibility of existing integration and re-integration into work strategies for persons with chronic conditions
Method of data collection: Experts opinions, Stakeholders, Records

Objective: To examine specific employment needs of people with chronic disorders: gaps and unmet needs
Actions: Identification of relevant organizations per health condition and contact information of their representatives
Creation of questionnaire to collect employment needs; Formal invitations to advocacy groups; Elaboration of dataset; Statistical analyses
Process Indicator: n. of organisations identified per health condition; n. of countries covered; Time of creation of the questionnaire; Time of invitation sent; n. of representatives of advocacy groups contacted; n. of representative of advocacy groups who accepted to complete the questionnaire; n. of questionnaires completed.
Impact/ outcome indicator: In-depth knowledge of employment needs of people with chronic illness including mental disorders achieved at month 24; Good knowledge of needs covered by the existing integration and reintegration strategies and of the unmet needs of people with chronic diseases achieved by month 28
Method of data collection: Records, Questionnaires and surveys, Expert opinions, Records, Stakeholders

Objective: To create guidelines supporting the implementation of available effective professional integration and rei
Mapping of available professional integration and reintegration strategies for people with chronic diseases and mental disorders in Europe by lead EASPD

Start month:1 - End month: 12

Description of work
Without ignoring the diversity of systems in Europe and in order to allow classification and comparison and user’s analysis, the mapping exercise will have the following criter...
Description of work
Without ignoring the diversity of systems in Europe and in order to allow classification and comparison and user’s analysis, the mapping exercise will have the following criteria as reference framework:
1. The five different social welfare and healthcare models in Europe (Scandinavian, Continental, Anglo-Saxon, Mediterranean and “Post-communist”), that have common characteristics but are divergent in the sense of features, performance, efficiency and equity.
2. Chronic diseases coverage: the assessment of strategies will involve cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, neurological and psychiatric diseases, and tumours, that account for 83% of DALYs attributable to chronic diseases.
3. Characteristics of users: a special attention will be paid to identify the kind of users, their main characteristics and their commonalities/ differences across Europe.
Task 4.1: Desk research at European level. Systematic review of the relevant data and scientific literature at European level. To this end, a desk research will be performed. Primary criteria will include data from Eurostat, EC Silk Report, ANED database, OECD reports and other European level data bases of reference. In addition, an extensive search of the grey literature, books and articles in peer-reviewed journals, in the English language, and published within the past ten years, will be also conducted. The systematic review will have specific inclusion and exclusion criteria which will be determined by the Consortium meetings, following the guidelines of renowned experts.
Task 4.2: Development of a questionnaire to gather data at national level. Development of a questionnaire to deepen the research on existing strategies at national level. The questionnaire will be sent to all project partners, that currently represent nine EU Member States (Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria) and 1 EEA/EFTA country (Norway) that will increase considering that EASPD will activate its membership to gather input from around 10 000 social service providers and their umbrella associations, coming from 33 European Countries . The questionnaire will be designed following the guidelines of renowned experts and the input from all project partners. The questionnaire will include questions about experiences with and opinions about the relationship and degree of coordination between the social services (e.g. are services supporting each other, shuttlecock problematic), and experiences with and opinions about regulatory policy instruments.
Task 4.3: Stakeholders interviews. In order to complement the quantitative data collection resulting from tasks 1 and 2, a qualitative data collection will be performed based on in-depth interviews using a newly developed questionnaire - also designed following the guidelines of renowned experts. From the existing five categories of social welfare and healthcare models in Europe, one country per model will be selected (if possible, from project partners’ countries) to carry out in deep interviews with representatives of three main categories of key stakeholders (users, i.e. persons with chronic diseases or advocacy groups; professionals, i.e. healthcare or social care professionals, including medical practitioners and employers; authorities, i.e. national, regional or local governments), leading to a total of 15 interviews. The interviews will in particular focus on experiences with and opinions about the relationship and degree of coordination between the social services and experiences with and opinions about regulatory policy instruments. Full transcripts of the interviews will be translated to English and content analysis will be performed.
Task 4.4: Validation of findings. As a final step in the mapping process and in order to facilitate next step in the overall assessment exercise (especially to set the basis for the evaluation of the effectiveness of existing strategies – WP5 - and the as
Evaluation of the effectiveness of existing integration and re-integration into work strategies for persons with chronic conditions including mental disorders by lead LMU

Start month:9 - End month: 21

Task 5.1: Collection of literature on the effectiveness of strategies. Identification of scientific articles and structured reports evaluating the effectiveness of the available strategies identified ...
Task 5.1: Collection of literature on the effectiveness of strategies. Identification of scientific articles and structured reports evaluating the effectiveness of the available strategies identified in WP 4 in European and non-European countries, by using systematic review methodology
Task 5.2: Data extraction. Extraction of relevant data about the content of available strategies and their effectiveness following recommendations of Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH) and taking into account indicators of the social, cultural and political context
Task 5.3: Creation of a structured database on effectiveness. Creation of a compiled and structured database of extracted information describing the content of the strategies and reporting their effectiveness taking into account indicators of the social, cultural and political context. The database will include information on which kind of outcomes are used in the studies and reports to evaluate effectiveness at different levels, on the target groups receiving each intervention, on duration of intervention, follow up of evaluation efforts
Task 5.4: Meta-analysis on effectiveness of strategies. Analysis and summary of the quality of evidence for each strategy in a meta-analysis
Task 5.5: Scoping paper on effectiveness of strategies. Report on the available evidence on the effectiveness of existing integration and re-integration into work strategies for persons with chronic conditions in a “scoping paper”

Assessment of the needs of persons with chronic (including mental) diseases by lead UAM

Start month:4 - End month: 28

Task 6.1: Instrument development. We will create an instrument to document the real employment needs of people with chronic diseases. First we will identify the most important employment needs by mean...
Task 6.1: Instrument development. We will create an instrument to document the real employment needs of people with chronic diseases. First we will identify the most important employment needs by means of a systematic mapping of the literature (FINBC, UAM, PSSJD, UTH, URI, VFN, and KABEG). A protocol for this systematic mapping will be created by UAM and distributed among all the participant partners. Next, we will identify and create appropriate questions to target the relevant employment needs (UAM). These questions will be included into a harmonised protocol reporting employment needs across all the chronic health conditions (UAM). Lastly, the protocol will be translated into the languages of all partners according to WHO rules for translation of instruments (ALL THE PARTNERS).
Task 6.2: Identification of relevant advocacy groups. We will create a list of relevant advocacy groups at national and European level. To this end, we will create and distribute among all partners’ institutions a plan for a systematic search of relevant experts for each group of chronic diseases included, i.e., representatives of advocacy groups (UAM). This will result in the identification of European representatives of advocacy groups for each chronic disease, including organization name and contact information (ALL PARTNERS).
Task 6.3: Protocol implementation. The harmonised protocol will be sent to the list of representatives of advocacy groups identified in the previous task (ALL PARTNERS). Next, a structured dataset will be created to record the obtained information (UAM with the feedback input from all partners).
Task 6.4: Report on employment needs. We will write a report on the current employment needs of people with chronic disease. Statistical analyses will be performed to identify which employment needs apply across all conditions and to what extent the needs of persons with different disorders are disease-specific (UAM).
Task 6.5: Report on gap between employment needs and existing strategies. We will write a report on the existing gaps for the work integration of people with chronic diseases in Europe. First, we will create a harmonised dataset integrating information from the scientifically based interventions (WP5), existing employment services (WP4), and dataset created in task 3 (LMU, UAM and EASPD). Next, we will identify which employment needs are covered and which are not covered by existing strategies at European and national level (UAM). This will enable us to write the PATHWAYS declaration of unmet needs (UAM feedback inputs from all partners).

Propose strategies to fill the gaps for implementation of existing entering and return to work strategies of people with chronic conditions and mental health disorders by lead UTH

Start month:19 - End month: 36

Task 7.1: Identification of strategies to close the gap. Identification of inclusive and collaborative strategies that can contribute to fill the gap between available strategies (WP4 & WP5) and emplo...
Task 7.1: Identification of strategies to close the gap. Identification of inclusive and collaborative strategies that can contribute to fill the gap between available strategies (WP4 & WP5) and employment needs of persons with chronic and mental diseases (WP6) and to include them into a database.
Task 7.2: Stakeholder consultation. Contact with relevant stakeholders in all 10 partner countries using a structured protocol, derived from task 1, in order to identify their role regarding the implementation of inclusive strategies (WP 4 & WP5), and their suggestions concerning ways to fill in the already identified gaps (WP 6). Results of this discussion will be summarized in a short report.
Task 7.3: Focus groups. Focus groups with representatives of advocacy groups (involving people with chronic diseases and mental health disorders), and with employers and experts to explore their opinions and attitudes towards the implementation of inclusive strategies and ways to overcome potential barriers.
Task 7.4: Development of policy recommendations. Development of a Policy Recommendation Report [PRR] based on the above quantitative and qualitative sources – regarding the implementation of inclusive strategies.