Successful call for contributions for the next publication "Innovation and Social Intervention"

A successful call for authors. The publication project "Innovation and Social Intervention", planned for the end of 2020, has attracted a great deal of interest - as evidenced by the large number of proposals.

Launched at the end of June, the call for authors for the publication (in French) "Innovation et intervention sociales : impacts, méthodes et mises en œuvre dans les domaines de la santé et de l’action sociale" received nearly fifty publication intentions. For this still relatively new field of activity, this call marks a turning point. Its success demonstrates the interest of people involved in this research domain and the development of this theme within universities and institutions active in the fields of health and social action, in Switzerland and abroad.

This call accompanies the establishment of the "LIVES social innovation" lab which aims to support the development of concrete solutions to overcome vulnerability and thus addresses the social needs and problems that affect our societies in full transformation. Currently in preparation, the laboratory's activities are scheduled to begin in spring 2020. "LIVES social innovation" is the result of a collaboration between the NCCR LIVES and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), particularly in the fields of social work and health.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Dr. Pascal Maeder, NCCR LIVES Knowledge Transfer Officer and General Secretary of "LIVES Social Innovation":; + (0)79 362 45 17

Know personal networks to better identify vulnerable people

Know personal networks to better identify vulnerable people

Family solidarity remains at the heart of public policies, despite the "destandardization" of life courses. Indeed, networks of personal relationships have now diversified and rely namely on friends or colleagues. This is shown by the results of the Family tiMes study, which encourages the development of social and family policies that are more grounded in the reality of life trajectories and that would allow for better targeting of at-risk groups.

Individuals' social relationships are built up over transitions in life trajectories, such as parenthood, unemployment or an accident, and the duration of the different stages. In their article, researchers Gaëlle Aeby, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier and Eric D. Widmer show that contemporary life courses are subject to "de-strandardization" due to the uncertainty of the trajectories and reversibility of certain events, such as marriage or the choice of a profession. As a result, individual roles change and modify the structure of personal networks.  

The Family tiMes survey, which includes some 800 people born in the 1950s and 1970s, reveals that the network of "very important" people has an average of 4 members. Based on these data, the three researchers identify seven types of personal networks, four focused on family, and three on friends. The nuclear family (spouse and children) is thus at the centre of the relationships of individuals who have become parents in their twenties. On the other hand, networks that give pride of place to friendly ties are those of people who prefer a conjugal life (without children), who are single or who have experienced a marital breakdown. In these networks, friends play a key role as providers of emotional and material support.

Better identify at-risk groups

In Switzerland, solidarity standards, particularly for childcare, education funding or support for the elderly, are still strongly based on family and individual autonomy. In order to better identify groups at risk, public policies would benefit from targeting critical life events. They could thus adjust to the needs of each individual and take into account the hazards of contemporary family trajectories.