DRIVERS (2012-2014) is a three-year research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme aiming to promote health equity through policy and practice in early childhood development, employment & working conditions, and income & social protection.
- Scientific reviews bringing together existing knowledge and testing theories about how early childhood, employment & working conditions, and income & social protection affect health inequalities.
- Novel data analyses using cohort and survey data, focus groups and interviews.
- Assessment of existing research methodologies and development of more effective ones.
- Research on existing advocacy methodologies, and development of more effective means of advocating effectively for health equity.
- Case studies across Europe, individually tailored to context, with possibilities including evaluations of interventions, natural-life policy experiments, and focused studies using a diverse array of research methods.
- Development of recommendations for policy, research and practice to promote health equity.
The research is being undertaken by a consortium including leading research centres and organisations representing the public health sector, civil society and business who will collectively contribute to case studies and apply participatory approaches to help ensure that outcomes are grounded in socio-economic realities. With EU project and policy expertise, EuroHealthNet co-ordinates the project and leads on advocacy and dissemination.