The DP has enabled organisations to come together to work on a joint agenda to influence local practice and policy. The DP has established collaborative partnerships in order to highlight and share best practice, sharing and promoting an understanding of what work life balance is in business terms.
Many projects within the DP have developed models of successful practice to support individuals and businesses at local and regional level.
One project within the DP is running a series of workshops for women who wish to start their own businesses on a part time basis. Transnational partners in Italy are very interested in establishing a similar facility in Southern Italy.
There is a wealth of toolkits, websites, research tools, forums, workshops, training events etc which will be available to local and regional organisations as a result of EQUAL.
Many products will be developed through EQUAL which will continue to influence the WLB agenda for many yeaars to come. One example is the Work-life balance Foundation Degree being developed by Staffordshire University.
One example of research into the potential impact of an activity on local policy is a project running workshops on managing workplace stress. An early finding is that that the workshops are in great demand. Follow up work will establish the extent to which the continuing needs of these employees are being addressed by developing plans regarding Work Life Balance policies.
A key aim of the DP is to shape the regional strategy for WLB.
A key objective of the DP is to raise the importance of WLB as a business, social and political issue on the National agenda.
Transnational work is planned which will make explicit links between the work undertaken by the Transnational Partnership and National and European Policy to demonstrate the impact of the TNP.