EPIC is an evidence-based online platform which clearly presents information on practices that work for children and their families.
EPIC can be accessed at http://europa.eu/epic/
The website provides various types of information:
The platform is operated by the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Day to day management is undertaken by RAND Europe, an independent, not-for-profit research organisation with offices in Cambridge and Brussels.
EPIC is unique because:
We encourage you to submit your practice to the EPIC website. The project team is always looking for new and innovative practices, and will then get back in touch with you.
EPIC is unique among best practices sites in that it actively encourages and facilitates the exchange of experience and practical lessons learned through its ‘User Registry’. We recognise the need to accommodate innovative practices, which may not have been evaluated, and we agree that innovation is important as is facilitating the exchange of experience and practical lessons learned. The team acknowledges that evaluation may require time and resources and that the use of this method varies across the EU-27. Although only evaluated practices meeting EPIC’s quality criteria would be included in the Evidence-Based Practices database, the EPIC team looks forward to collaborating with all stakeholders in the field, and is in the process of developing an evaluation toolkit as a resource to help those who wish to evaluate their practices
EPIC is geared to improve the exchange of information on what is used and works in child policy between policy makers, academics and practitioners. It is not intended to be used to make decisions regarding funding, for instance.