Participation models for people affected by and at risk of poverty in the combatting and prevention of poverty

Chiapparini, Emanuela; Schuwey, Claudia; Beyeler, Michelle; Reynaud, Caroline; Guerry, Sophie; Blanchet, Nathalie; Lucas, Barbara (2020). Participation models for people affected by and at risk of poverty in the combatting and prevention of poverty (Beiträge zur Sozialen Sicherheit: Forschungsbericht 7/20). Bern: Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen BSV

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The aim of the study is to illustrate how people affected by and at risk of poverty can be included in decision-making, planning, implementation and evaluation processes around measures to prevent and combat poverty. To this end, the research team developed a conceptual framework using scientific studies. It also analysed written evaluations and progress reports as well as websites for participative projects, programmes and measures to combat and prevent poverty. In a further step, it carried out individual discussions with those directly affected as well as representatives of NGOs, associations and institutions, through either telephone interviews or on the ground in the context of advisory group meetings. The analysis focused on the municipal, regional and national level in various language regions of Switzerland, as well as abroad. In the study, the research team identified and detailed different participation models. The models examined ranged from the further development of structures and processes of public and private service provision to communal self-help. The team sets out key prerequisites, challenges and success factors of such projects. The target groups for the results of the study are specialists and policy makers in cantons, cities, municipalities and NGOs, as well as directly affected individuals with multiplier roles. They will find guidance on the planning, implementation and evaluation of participation projects in the respective context. The results show that while the participation of people affected by and at risk of poverty is challenging, it is achievable. The potential impact of participation has been identified at the individual, institutional, political and societal level. It can, for example, contribute as much to the empowerment of people affected as it can to the development of political and specialist measures that are more tailored to actual needs and therefore more effective. The study recommends that participation take place – with the requisite level of due care – at all federal levels: municipalities, cantons and the Confederation.

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Report (Report)


Social Work > Social Intervention focus area
Social Work > Social Security focus area
Social Work > S Teaching
Social Work


Chiapparini, Emanuela;
Schuwey, Claudia;
Beyeler, Michelle0000-0001-9988-9265;
Reynaud, Caroline;
Guerry, Sophie;
Blanchet, Nathalie and
Lucas, Barbara


H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare




Beiträge zur Sozialen Sicherheit: Forschungsbericht


Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen BSV




Emanuela Chiapparini

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16 Jun 2020 14:04

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18 Dec 2020 13:30

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