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Research & development

Impuls works along three major lines:

I Prevalence, profiles and processes of social inclusion and exclusion
How large are the populations and subpopulations of people in society who have multiple, complex problems? What are their profiles? What trends are evident and what factors can be addressed to influence such trends?

Impuls does research in epidemiology and other disciplines to shed light on processes of social exclusion and social participation. It also explores the risk factors and protective factors that are at work in such processes. Research findings are put to use to improve and evaluate the detection of problems, the assessment of service needs and the provision of prompt interventions. They also contribute to the development and evaluation of public health policies and agenda-setting.

II Conceptualisation, development, testing and sustainment of interventions
What services are suitable and effective for people with multiple, complex problems? How can the strengths of those people’s experience be mobilised in social care? How effective are strategies and interventions now in use to help groups and subgroups of vulnerable people? How can we assess the quality, benefits and costs of such efforts?

Impuls works to develop and refine promising social care methodologies such as the strengths-based approach (Herstelwerk, Krachtwerk and Houvast ), Critical Time Intervention (CTI) and Housing First, as well as to enhance the role of experiential expertise in social and health care. Impuls assesses the effectiveness of interventions by conducting controlled trials and by periodically monitoring the outcomes of client care pathways. It also employs purpose-developed assessment scales and procedures to evaluate the quality and model fidelity of interventions as delivered in practice settings. The results help to improve the quality of social care.

III Development of frameworks, models and instruments
What frameworks, models and tools are useful in supporting the provision of social care to people in multiple-problem situations?

Impuls develops frameworks and models, such as our public mental health care model of social exclusion and recovery, our reference framework for social care to people in multiple-problem situations, and our vision paper for community support services to vulnerable people. In close cooperation with professionals in the field, Impuls developed the Consumer Quality Index for Community Support Services (CQI-O) to help assess client experiences. It also designed the Social Exclusion Risk Assessment Instrument (Tax-Su), which assists practitioners in gauging client vulnerabilities in social participation and the potential impact of those vulnerabilities. Tax-Su also helps in determining the social and professional support already available to the clients, the degree of urgency, and the types of services needed. The frameworks, models and instruments from Impuls are valuable resources for developing, refining and evaluating service delivery and public policies.

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