Work Packages

Work package 1 – Theory and Methods

Objective: WP1 aims at building a platform for further research integrated into other work packages in terms of theoretical background and methodological approaches. WP 1 provides an overview of:

  • the theoretical approaches which have been used in the existing research to understand and explain the strategies of the stakeholders at the individual/micro-, meso- and macro-levels, and discuss how these approaches may be connected within a broader theoretical perspective;
  • the methodological approaches to the examination of the strategies of stakeholders and their interactions,  employed  in the existing research;
  • the most important findings on the strategies and the interaction among stakeholders.

Methods: theoretical analysis, methodological assessment of the approaches to the topic and secondary and comparative analyses of the key findings of the relevant studies

Deliverables:

  • Methodological guidelines for fieldwork in WP3 and WP4
  • Theoretical background paper

Work package 2 – Care giving: contextual analysis

Objective: WP2 will summarise and compare existing knowledge that describes and identifies:

  • key child and eldercare problems/gaps;
  • existing solutions through policy design and policy change;
  • problematic aspects of care policies and stakeholders in the Czech Republic and Norway.

In the end, we will identify child and eldercare deficits and key stakeholders as a starting framework for further WPs.

Methods: quantitative analysis of the existing data on demography, preferences/attitudes of households concerning care, quantitative/qualitative and institutional analyses of the policies and stakeholders’ roles.

Deliverables:

  • Comparative report on care provision in the Czech Republic and Norway.

Work package 3 – Strategies of investors, regulators and formal care providers

Objective: The main objective of WP3 is to explore the preferred, real and successful strategies of investors, regulators, formal providers of care and other national level stakeholders as they apply in the area of childcare and eldercare; and to reveal the reasoning and discourses behind these strategies in the Czech Republic and Norway.

Methods: collection of qualitative data – (semi-structured) interviews on the preferences and strategies of the stakeholders who regulate, finance and deliver care services and analyses.

Deliverables:

  • Report on the strategies of investors and regulators
  • Report on the strategies of formal care providers

Comparative report on the strategies of investors and service providers in the Czech Republic and Norway.

Work package 4 – Strategies of service users

Objective: The main objective of WP4 is to explore the strategies of service users, be it the clients of care services themselves, or the families who are to rely on these services in order to facilitate care giving. This applies to the area of childcare and eldercare aiming to reveal the reasoning and discourses behind these strategies as well as their innovative aspects, both in the Czech Republic and Norway. Equally, we will examine how the child/elder care policy package interacts with different parts of working life to produce different structures of opportunities and constraints for families with care needs.

Methods: collection of qualitative data – (semi-structured) interviews and focus groups on the preferences and strategies of the households in regards to how they use care services and innovative solutions to organise the care they need; the analysis

Deliverables:

  • Report on the strategies of families/ service users in Norway
  • Report on the strategies of families/ service users in the Czech Republic
  • Comparative report on the strategies of families/ service users

Work package 5 – Comparative analysis: synergies and (in)compatibilities in care provision

Objective: The findings from the previous WPs will be compared and analysed in this final WP, especially with regard to two key concepts:

  • social investment strategy – the ability of the welfare state to address the care needs via social investments will be examined, as well as the strategies of various actors related to care provision;
  • social innovation – the ability of key actors (service users, families, providers, etc.) to counteract lacking policies and develop other innovative solutions and approaches in order to facilitate care giving.

These analyses will be carried out taking into account different levels and scopes:

  • individual, family/community, local, regional and national level, comparison between the Czech Republic and Norway;
  • dimension of childcare and eldercare – interconnectedness;
  • compatibility and incompatibility in care provision, effects on working life, barriers, drivers and opportunities.

Methods: comparative analysis of the findings provided in WP 2-4

Deliverables: