As a consequence of an ageing population, the rising costs for (care) services and recent budget cuts, countries around the North Sea move from a care system whereby the state regulates, cares and pays to one that facilitates a civil society that is based on solidarity and community. Looking for new strategies, decision makers have directed attention to informal care and voluntary assistance.

In For Care aims to develop innovation in service delivery by optimizing informal and formal networks to address these challenges.

It will explore new cooperative ways in which the market, the public and the civil sector will provide answers to the social demands and strengthen the informal networks through new technologies.

In For care will

  • improve processes of voluntary work and informal care in service delivery;
  • improve knowledge of how the public sector can innovate in service delivery;
  • develop a Quadruple helix model for informal care and voluntary assistance;
  • provide insight in cost reductions in the formal (care)sector;
  • contribute to new policies and ideas for the health transition combining informal and formal service provision;

To enhance cooperation and innovate social services In For Care will develop and exchange knowledge and experiences across national and sectorial boundaries. Important stakeholders will become aware of the role of informal care in innovation. Co-creation is essential to reach that goal and increases the capacity of public authorities to improve services.