The predecessor project: The Observatory for the Development of Social Services in Europe
The Observatory was set up in September 1999 by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). It aimed at facilitating a more precise assessment of social policy and social law developments in Europe and to better represent German interests. The Observatory’s work contributed to an overall picture of developments in social services in Europe - particularly in EU member states and accession countries. Furthermore, the Observatory monitored and evaluated public discussion at the European and national level on the development of social services on a public, non-profit or private basis.
From January 2010 until July 2014 the Observatory was a common project of the German Association for Public and Private Welfare e. V. (DV) and the Institute for Social Work and Social Education.
Below you can download various publications of the Observatory.
The newsletter served to encourage and inform the discussion about the reform and the future of social services in Europe.
The newsletter was published twice a year in German and in English.
Extensive research papers on several focus topics of the Observatory.
The monographs are available in English only and you can find pdf files with their bibliography below.
A detailed compilation of the events organised by the Observatory: contributions, presentations and summary of the results.
The documentations are available only in the languages that are published below.
Profound analysis of certain focus topics of the Observatory.
The working papers are available only in the languages that are published below.