The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, based in Jerusalem, is Israel’s leading center for applied social research. It is an independent, non-profit partnership between the Joint Distribution Committee, the Government of Israel, and the David and Inez Myers Foundation of Cleveland. The Institute identifies and examines key social challenges and uses its knowledge and research to help inform policy, advise programming, and improve services for individuals, families, and communities. 

Areas of Intervention

  • Children and young people
  • Children at risk of social exclusion
  • Homeless
  • Older people 
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Public Health
  • People who are socially vulnerable
  • People in situations of difficulty or precarity
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Gender equality
  • Counteracting and supporting victims of gender-based violence
  • Migrants
  • Social Integration
  • Beneficiaries of minimum income
  • Poverty
  • Recipients of care
  • Foster care
  • Quality in social services
  • Outcome-oriented work processes in social services
  • Employment of vulnerable populations

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Transformation of care models
  • Promotion of systemic change
  • Evaluation of social policies, programs, and services
  • Consulting on local and national social policies, programs, and services
  • Role of the social worker
  • Integration of technological tools
  • Capacity building and training
  • Professional training
  • Training of social welfare workforce
  • Research and development
  • Consulting services and specialised studies for local and national governments regarding older people facilities
  • Research/ identifying and monitoring of social problems
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Using a ‘traffic light’ risk assessment tool to improve efficiency, quality, and safety of service provision

Tal Lento is a Research Associate in the Quality Assurance Team of The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel’s leading centre for applied social research and consulting. She told us about the risk management tool which Myers-JDC Brookdale Institute has developed in partnership with the Inspection Administration of the Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, to allow inspectors and service providers to carry out their work using a risk management approach - ultimately aiming to promote safe and quality state-sponsored services and thus improve the experience of service users.

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