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Polibienestar - Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (Polibienestar)

 Contact details
Contact personProf. Jorge Garcés Ferrer 
StreetC/Serpis, 29 
Address 46022 - Valencia (Spain) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.) 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Cultural studies
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Political science
» Psychology
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Architecture and design
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Environmental sciences
» Family and consumer service
» Health sciences
» Human physical performance and recreation
» Public affairs
» Social work

 Brief description of your activity focus
Polibienestar is specialised in research, development and innovation, management and assessment of Social Policies.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Polibienestar is a public research institute led by Jordi Garcés, Prince of Asturias distinguished visiting professor
at Georgetown University. Its final mission is the improvement of the welfare and quality of life of society.

Polibienestar is integrated by a multidisciplinary team including researchers from various disciplines (economics,
sociology, social work, psychology, political science and law among others). Polibienestar carries out
interdisciplinary research applied to the economic, social, political and technical sustainability of welfare
systems in issues regarding: education, health, active ageing and social and public services with the aim of
modernizing and designing policies to improve their effectiveness and efficiency according to the new social
challenges. Polibienestar advises the Administration and private entities in the design, planning and
implementation of social policies and services. And it also has a broad experience in cooperation and
participation in European R&D projects and networks due to its active role in research and policy design.

Polibienestar has participated and coordinated 19 European R&D projects and more than 30 national and regional
projects. Beyond the different projects in which Polibienestar has participated as a partner, it has also
the LivingAll project funded by the VI Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Supported by its ample experience in social research within the public sector Polibienestar has the capacity to do
the following:

• Analysis of the state of the art;
• Research design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
• Identification, analysis and evaluation of human needs, attitudes, social changes and dynamics;
• Design, analysis and assessment of policies, programmes and interventions- impact analysis and cost/benefit
analysis and identification of inclusive and innovative social policies and best practices and services;
• Policy recommendations and guidelines to advise policy makers in different topics;
• Dialogue and cooperation between researchers and stakeholders and implementation of networking
• Design, implementation and evaluation of trainings and pilots; and
• Dissemination and awareness activities.

Moreover, Polibienestar has the capacity to lead and organise R&D activities with a wide national and
international partnership, participates actively in EU networks, transfers the results of its research to the
community and society, etc. Polibienestar is part of two research micro-clusters of excellence of the University
Valencia (“New Technologies for Health and Healthy ageing” and “Technologies for governance and social
sustainability”), as well as partner in the Instituto Superior de Investigación, Traslación e Innovación
Orientadas al Bienestar del Ser Humano (ISITIC) and European and Spanish Networks (Coral Network, ENSA, COST
Actions - IS1102 y IS1104, International Long-term Care Policy Network - ILPN, Thinktur, Spanish Water
Technology Platform and Spanish Wine Technological Platform, European Innovation Partnership on Active and
Healthy Ageing-.
 Research Activities

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP6
Project TitleFree Movement and Equal Opportunities for All
Specific ThemeFree movement and equal opportunities for disabled people
Project #2
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleHealth systems and long-term care for older persons in Europe – Modelling the INTERfaces and LINKS between prevention, rehabilitation, quality of serv
Specific ThemeHealth systems and long-term care for older people in Europe
Project websitehttp://www.euro.centre.org/interlinks
CoordinatorEuropean Center for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Project #3
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleInnovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe
Specific ThemeResilience and inclusiveness of different vulnerable groups on the labour market
Project websitehttp://www.inspires-research.eu/
CoordinatorErasmus University Rotterdam
Project #4
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleCollective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities Regions
Specific ThemeAccessibility of public spaces
Project websitehttp://www.cap4access.eu/intro/
CoordinatorEmpirica Gesellschaft fuer kommunikations und technologie forsgung MBH
Project #5
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleThematic Network Innovation for age-friendly environments in the European Union
Specific ThemeInnovative solutions for age-friendly environments
Project websitehttp://www.afeinnovnet.eu/
CoordinatorAge platform
Project #6
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleUrban Health Centre 2.0: Integrated health and social care pathways for active and healthy ageing in European cities
Specific ThemeIntegrated health and active and healthy aging
Project websitehttp://uhce.eu/
CoordinatorErasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
European projects beyong EU Framework Programe

Project title: Solutions Against Violence in Europe
Acronym: SAVE
Specific theme: To improve the quality of the systems of prevention and detection of cases of violence on children in
Coordinator: Azienda unità locale socio sanitaria Nº 9 Treviso

Project title: Strengthening the nurses and health care professionals’ capacity to deliver culturally competent and
compassionate care
Acronym: IENE4
Specific theme: Culturally competent and compassionate care
Website http://www.ieneproject.eu/
Coordinator: Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation

Project title: Activation of Stratification and Results of the interventions on frail patients of Healthcare Services
Acronym: ASSEHS
Specific theme: To study current existing health risk stratification strategies and tools and the challenges to spread
their use and the application on frail elderly patients
Website http://assehs.eu/
Coordinator: Centro de Excelencia Internacional en Investigación sobre Cronicidad – Kronikgune

Project title: Equal opportunities to social inclusion for autistic children
Acronym: EOSIAC
Specific theme: To support the integration of children with autism into public education

Project title: Meeting the health literacy needs of immigrant populations
Acronym: MEET
Specific theme: To tackle inequalities in social and health care access by migrant citizens in different contexts
Website http://www.migranthealth.eu/index.php/en/homepage
Coordinator: Oxfam Italia

Project title: Responding to Child to Parent Violence
Acronym: RCPV
Specific theme: To develop an understanding of child to parent violence
Website http://www.rcpv.eu/
Coordinator: University of Brighton (UK)

Project title: BE supportive, NOT violent! Positive parenting for Happy Children
Acronym: Be Supportive - No Violent
Specific theme: To promote positive parenting and nonviolent raising of children in all environments
Coordinator: Societaea Romana pentru Educatie Permanenta (Romania)

Project title: Smart technologies for self‐service to seniors in social housing
Acronym: HOST
Specific theme: To provide easy-to-use technologies and services in social housing flats to allow a better quality of
communication and a better access to package services for the elderly people
Website: http://www.host-aal.eu/cms/welcome-host
Coordinator: OPAC du Rhône (France)

Project title: Alzheimer: Tremplin Intergénérationnel d’insertion sociale et professionnelle
Specific theme: To promote the maintenance and reconstruction of social ties through activities centered in the
provision of care to Alzheimer’s disease patients and their informal caregivers.
Coordinator: CEAS du Var (France)

Project title: European Network of Social Authorities for Youth
Acronym: ENSA-Y
Specific theme: capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field
Website: http://www.ensa-network.eu/
Coordinator: Comunidad de Madrid – DG Juventud

Project title: FRIENDS ONLINE
Specific theme: fulfilment of a safe Europe for children and young people, through focusing on issues based on values
linked to digital communication
Website: http://www.partille.se/Welcome-to-FriendsOnline/
Coordinator: Partille Municipality (Sweden)

Project title: COST – European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research about Social Services,
Welfare State and Lugars/The restructuring of social services in Europe and its impacts on social and territorial
cohesion and governance (SO.S. Cohesion)
Acronym: COST Action IS1102
Specific theme: Social welfare
Website: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/Actions/IS1102
Coordinator: Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria DArTe-Dipartimento Architettura e Territorio

Project title: COST Actions – Cooperation in Science and Technology: ISCH
Specific theme: Social welfare
Website: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch
Coordinator: Humanities Institute of Ireland University College Dublin

National projects

Project name: Tecnologías para la mejora de la gestión de pacientes crónicos desde atención primaria (Prometeo-
OpDepTec Fase II)
Area of research: Health
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Murcia and Universidad Nacional de Educación a
Distancia (UNED)

Project name: La gestión eficiente por la administración pública en el sistema de salud
Area of research: Health
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

Project name: Investigación fundamental para la mejora del turismo social accesible para todos en Murcia (MurTur4All)
Area of research: Tourism
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute and University of Murcia

Project name: Investigación para la optimización de la continuidad asistencial de personas dependientes a través de las
nuevas tecnologías de la información (Prometeo-OpDepTec)
Area of research: Health
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute

Project name: Tecnologías para el hotel del futuro (THOFU)
Area of research: Technologies and Systems for Ambient Intelligence
Research partners: Andago, ATOS, Deimos-Space, Daedalus, Fractalia, Gesfor, Gigle, Inerza, Inmomatica, intelliGlass,
Paradigma, SAB, Sacyr, Sensing&Control, TSystems and Treelogic.

Project name: Investigación para la mejora del conocimiento en turismo social accesible para todos en España
Area of research: Tourism
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute

Project name: Optimización de la continuidad asistencial de personas dependientes. Hacia un modelo sociosanitario de
itinerarios asistenciales integrado (ContinuityCare)
Area of research: Health
Research partners: Polibienestar Research Institute

Project name: REDHOTEC- Plataforma Tecnológica de Turismo
Area of research: Tourism
Research partners: Asociación Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero, Asociación de Empresas de Electrónica (AETIC),
SEGITTUR and Polibienestar Research Institute

Project name: Plataforma Tecnológica del Turismo THINKTUR
Area of research: Tourism
Research partners: Asociación Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero, Asociación de Empresas de Electrónica (AMETIC),
SEGITTUR and Polibienestar Research Institute

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