Professional network for careworkers

Name of your initiative: 
Professional network for careworkers
Short name (acronym): 
Professional network for careworkers
Website title and address: 
Network for the professionnalisation of family employments
Which organization is submitting this initiative?: 
IPERIA L'Institut
Please specify in which regions/provinces: 
Where is this organization located?: 
Please enter the name of the contact person for this initiative: 
Gloria Ortiz
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Part of larger strategy or programme: 
If you answered "other", please specify: 
Please provide us with more details of this programme or strategy: 
IPERIA L'Institut is the French Institute for the professionalisation of family employment. It was created in 1994 to promote the recognition and professionalisation of the family employment sector. IPERIA develops several programmes and training adapted to the needs of care workers 380 labelled training organisations. Around 3000 care workers certified per year (3 official French Diploma concerning three activities : household workers, life assistant, child care) and 86 training modules are available for 2015. This training offer has enabled to complete 175 000 training paths during the last 20 years.
The status of the initiative: 
Please give a summary of your initiative (in English): 
In this framework, IPERIA's innovation initiatives include the creation of a professional network for care workers. This network enables to professional careworkers to create a profile and an E-portfolio, to share and exchange knowledge and experience with other careworkers and to create a network of professional contacts. (Youtube short video and tutorial ).
The geographical scope: 
Type of initiative: 
Environment or setting of the initiative: 
The economic environment or setting of the initiative: 
The most important source of funding for your initiative: 
Not for profit
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What triggered this initiative?: 
The French carer relay points, several EU projects and other initiatives enabled to give different purposes and uses to this professional network. There are currently projects to further develop and improve the features of this professional network so as for instance to link it to job offers and people interested on home care services.
What are the main objectives of your initiative? Choose a maximum of 3 objectives.: 
Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
Please describe any subgoals of your initiative: 
Target group
Does your initiative target people with a specific impairment or disease?: 
How many people have you reached or do you expect to reach with your initiative?: 
250 - 1000
Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
Does your initiative target men or women?: 
Please indicate what best describes your initiative: 
What type of intervention strategy is used in your initiative?: 
Living lab/pilot
Please indicate the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your initiative: 
Not applicable
Who executes the initiative: 
Non-governmental organisation
What is the relevant physical scale of your initiative?: 
City/municipalityEuropean levelInternational levelNational levelRegional level
Please indicate how you think your initiative could be scaled up (made to reach more people): 
The professional network for professional care workers can be easily adapted to other scales with the appropriate communication and support activities.
Please indicate the type of stakeholders concerned with your initiative.: 
Primary health care providersGeneral practitioner
Please describe how you think your initiative could be transferred to other regions or contexts: 
Professional care workers taking care of older people exist as a professional profile in all EU countries despite some differences. When they deliver home care services they face all isolation and lack of peer-to-peer support and motivation. Social networks can be a solution to get the professional care workers of a certain area connected, promoting peer-to-peer learning, exchange of experiences and good practices for a better and smarter home care, improving the quality of life of older people.
Is your initiative economically sustainable and does it contribute to economic development?: 
This initiative is has low infrastructure costs and can be a driver for job creation if linked to the demand of home care services.
If you selected "other" neighbourhood, please specify:: 
Impact & outcome
Will you collect or have you collected outcome data for this initiative?: 
What do you consider the key success factors of your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the key success factors to be: 
The key success factors are a good communication campaign and the support to motivated users enabling the dissemination of the social network
What do you consider the main barriers to overcome in your initiative? If your initiative has not yet started, please indicate what you expect the main barriers to be.: 
The main barriers are a lack of a structured implementation, lack of technical support for starters and user who are not used to ICT and lack of follow-up and coordination of discussion groups and sections of the social network.
What instruments will you use/have used to collect data?: 
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If yes, how will you/have you collected those data?: 
Will you collect or have collected socio-economic impact data for this initiative?: 
Will or are the collected data in the initiative publicly available?: