The Center is currently advising the Spanish coalition government in areas related to managing the Coronavirus pandemic, and has also been advising the Vice President’s office of Social Rights in social policy areas. This work involves research into two areas for developing the fourth pillar of the welfare state, and into the successful implementation of the UN's 2030 Agenda in Spain. The 2030 Agenda is a UN initiative, calling for widespread policy developments in a variety of areas, with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of populations over the next decade. The two research projects are as follows:

- Early Childhood Education and Care Services (0-3 years)
The Center is developing a proposal for a project to universalize childcare services and good quality nurseries in Spain. The study quantifies the costs to the public sector for such universalisation. It estimates the socioeconomic impacts associated with the implementation of universally accessible nurseries and care for children aged 0-3 years: direct and indirect income generation from job posts, freeing of resources, an improvement in educational indicators, and equality of opportunities, among others, as well as the costs of infrastructure construction.

Research team:
- Director: Vicente Navarro
- Coordinators: Vicente Navarro, María Pazos and Pol Carrión.
- Main authors: Vicente Navarro, María Pazos, Pol Carrión, Cristina Castellanos and Ferran Muntané.
- Collaborators: Ana Carolina Perondi, Francesc Padró and Xavier Bonal.

- Services to Increase Autonomy and Dependency Support
This is a project to universalise those services which increase the autonomy and support the needs of dependent people (such as the elderly and people with disabilities), via the public and sufficient provision of these services. The goal of the project is to eliminate the current system's approach to care, guaranteeing care for dependent people as a de facto and universal right, accessible for all those who need it. As well as planning a new system, this project calculates the costs of its implementation, working out the increases in resources that would be necessary to implement such a system, and estimating the expected returns in social, financial and employment terms.
Research team:
- Director: Vicente Navarro
- Coordinators: Vicente Navarro, María Pazos and Pol Carrión.
- Main authors: Vicente Navarro, María Pazos, Pol Carrión, Rosa Martínez, Susana Roldán and Mercedes Sastre.
- Collaborators: Josep Muñoz and Manuel Aguilar Hendrickson.

 

The universalization of these services is now more important than ever, given that the impacts of the pandemic are making dependent individuals even more vulnerable and reliant on support, and have caused an enormous amount of stress for young children (with forseeable consequences for their emotional, cognitive and social development). It is also intended to support the reintegration of the population (particularly women) into the labour market, due to the fact that the coronavirus crisis has caused many complications for adults balancing work and family life.

The Center has also been supporting the government with managing the negative impacts of the pandemic through advising on the need to adapting the country's industrial production. It recommends repurposing the industrial infrastructure to serve the health sector's most urgent needs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their workers, as well as ventilators and other necessary equipment to protect the country's key workers and victims of the virus. The Center has also proposed the expansion of the country's welfare state, to guarantee the population's wellbeing (which is still recovering from the 2007 financial and economic crisis). This expansion of the welfare state will be fundamental for tackling the economic and social crisis that it being caused by the pandemic.