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General information

1. Your name
2. Your e-mail
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3. Country
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4. In which sector do you work?
5. Name of your organisation
Applicability and fulfilment of ex ante conditionality 9.1

Member States must have and implement a 'national strategic policy framework for poverty reduction aiming at the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market in the light of the Employment guidelines'. This is a document or set of documents at national or regional level and must include measures for the shift from institutional to community based care in twelve Member States - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia.

For reference see Annex XI Part 1 Common Provision Regulation 1303/2013, page 448.

6. Is your country using ESIF to support the shift from institutional to family and community based care (deinstitutionalisation – DI)?
7. Please state below the name, and if possible provide a link to, your country's national strategic policy framework for poverty reduction aiming at active inclusion. This is the document or set of documents established at national or regional level that were assessed as fulfilling ex ante conditionality 9.1 in your country's Partnership Agreement/Operational Programme(s).

For reference see 'Guidance on ex ante conditionalities for the European Structural and Investment Funds' Part II (13th February 2014) page 257-258.
8. What is your assessment of the national strategic policy framework for poverty reduction aiming at active inclusion? (choose all that apply)

For reference:
European Commission Guidance on ex ante conditionalities for the European Structural and Investment Funds Part II, 13th February 2014, page 257-267
2008 Recommendation on active inclusion
National Reform Programme
DI measures in the national strategic policy framework for poverty reduction

9. Are the proposed DI measures based on… (choose all that apply)
10. Are the DI measures underpinned by a strategic vision (or a stated goal) for the closure of institutions and development of community-based services supporting community living for all groups?
11. Do the DI measures in the national strategic policy framework plan to support a range of services in the community? For example, making mainstream services such as housing accessible and available to all, measures that prevent institutional care and measures for the development of specific services such as Personal Assistance. (choose all that apply)
12. Do the DI measures in the national strategic policy framework enable all children, including children with disabilities, to grow up in their family or in family like settings and prevent institutional care? (choose all measures that are to be supported by the funds in your country)
13. Are the DI measures in the national strategic policy framework further elaborated in specific national and/or regional strategies and action plans on DI?

For reference see the Toolkit on the Use of European Union Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (http://www.deinstitutionalisationguide.eu/) page 31-32.
Involvement in Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes in relation to DI

14. Did the government consult with civil society in relation to its ESIF plans? For example, was civil society consulted on the allocations of ERDF/ESF funding, the identification of needs or the main results to be acheived.

For reference see the European Code of Conduct on Partnership Article 6
15. Was the consultation of civil society inclusive of all representative organisations including children, families, persons with disabilities including people with mental health problems and older persons?
16. Was the consultation and involvement of civil society quite general in focus or was it specific to DI?
17. What was civil society consulted on during the development of ESIF Operational Programme(s) in relation to DI? (choose all that apply)

For reference see European Code of Conduct on Partnership Article 8
18. Has your organisation benefitted from Technical Assistance or capacity building from the ESIF?
Monitoring DI

19. Please share your observations on and experience of the functioning of the Monitoring Committee (MC). (choose all that apply)

Note: 'support' could include dedicated workshops, training sessions, coordination and networking structures or contributions to the cost of participating in meetings. We would like to gather specific examples of civil society/NGO experiences on the MC, for example the barriers faced or support provided that was helpful, please include any examples in the comment box.

For reference see Article 49 and 110 Common Provision Regulation 1303/2013 that set out the functions of the MC.
Calls for Proposals

20. Has your organisation been involved in the preparation of Calls for Proposals supporting DI?
21. Do you have concerns about any of the Calls for Proposals and/or attached Technical Standards documents related to the DI process? For example, the development of social/health services, planned building or refurbishment of infrastructure, use of the European Social Fund within institutions/special schools that supports the institutional care of children, persons with disabilities or older persons.
Use of Funding

22. Are you aware of any EU funding that is currently being used to support institutional care for children, persons with disabilities and/or older persons in your country? For example, the building and/or refurbishment of an institution (the definition of an institution is stated in the information section at the top of the survey). The use of funding to improve conditions within institutions/special schools that support the continued existence of long term residential care such as: providing education in an institution, employment of psychologists and/or social workers in an institution, purchasing of sporting or play equipment for use in an institution/special school/long-term residential setting.

EU funding includes for example, any of the European Structural and Investment Funds in particular the ERDF and ESF, cross border funding under the Integrated Regional Development goal (INTERREG), The European Fund for Strategic Investments (Juncker Investment Fund), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and/or the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants.
23. Where institutions have been reduced or closed, has the money saved been 'ring-fenced' for investment in developing community based services?
24. Are you aware of projects (either ongoing or planned) concerning children, persons with disabilities and/or older persons that have taken an innovative and effective approach to supporting DI in your country?

For example, the development of integrated community based support services, preventive measures such as early childhood intervention, the development of personalised transition plans for each person currently in an institution, peer support projects, awareness raising, staff training on the transition from institutional care to community based/in-home care, local government and NGO/civil society collaboration in relation to DI, accessible social housing projects, effective complementary use of the ERDF and the ESF in the DI process.
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