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01.07.2015

Workshop on "Producing Policy Relevant Analysis & Writing to Influence Decision Making" was held on 25-27 June in Belgrade, Serbia


Organised within the framework of Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI) the event brought together 20 participants from 11 RRPP-funded projects. It was focused on supporting RRPP researchers to develop evidence-driven arguments and effective policy papers as a solid foundation for policy advocacy. The training was centered on such topics as: The policy paper as a decision making tool; structuring and developing a coherent policy paper; evaluating options through the policy analysis process.

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01.07.2015

New Web Platform PolicyHub Dedicated to Development of Social Research


Center for Social Research Analitika (Bosnia and Herzegovina) started a new web platform PolicyHub (www.policyhub.net) dedicated to the development of social research, with a focus on policy-relevant and applied research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans. If you are interested in contributing to this platform by providing a text or participating in various PolicyHub initiatives, contact the editors: info@policyhub.notexisting@nodomain.comnet.

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27.06.2015

Upcoming: Round Table on "Reform of political and electoral system in Serbia", on 10 July in Belgrade


The event is organised within the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade on 10 July 2015. Its purpose is to gather members of academic community and representatives of political elite and civil society to discuss the preliminary findings of the project and to make joint contribution to the debate on reform of political system in Serbia.

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25.06.2015

Call for Papers: Scientific Conference on "Informality in Central and South-East Europe: Linkages between Political and Economic Actors"


The international conference takes place at the University of Belgrade on 30-31 October 2015, organised by SeConS - Development Initiative Group within the RRPP-funded project Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia. Deadline for abstract submission: 31 July 2015.

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25.06.2015

Call for Applications: “International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The event will take place on 19-21 October in Sarajevo, jointly organised by the Center for Social Research Analitika, the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP) and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations. It will offer an insight into the theory and practice of managing research organizations through presentations by managers from leading think tanks and research institutes from the region and EU. It will provide ample opportunity for an exchange of experiences and networking between participants. Apply till 15 July.

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25.06.2015

National Conference on "Fostering Evidence-Informed Policy-making Practices in Albania" was held on 10 June in Tirana


The conference brought together policy-makers, scientists, experts and data ‘providers’ to discuss the state of the evidence-informed policy-making in Albania. Main conclusions centered on the need of open access to datasets produced by public institutions; improving capacities of researchers to produce policy relevant research outputs; cultivating “corporate social responsibility” within enterprises; establishing flexible networks with policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and representatives from civil society who are bound to address well-defined thematic issues relevant to policy-makers.

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24.06.2015

“Scientific Café” II: Studying, Teaching and Conducting Research at the University of Prishtina.


The event was organised by the Local Coordination Unit Kosovo as a part of the National Policy Dialogue on the 3rd June 2015. The participants agreed that studying, teaching and conducting scientific research at the UP was marred by several difficulties, especially by the lack of research quality, exchange and competitiveness. Another problem refers to overloading the UP’s academic staff with teaching obligations, which diminishes their focus on scientific research.

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24.06.2015

Round Table on "Implementation of Research Results in the Field of Social Sciences in the Policy Making Processes in Serbia"


The event was organized on the 21st of May 2015 by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit of Serbia in cooperation with the Republic Secretariat for Public Policies of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to present and discuss the preliminary results obtained from the extensive research based on face-to-face in depth interviews. Around 55% of the researchers consider that they are insufficiently informed when it comes to the specific types of needs and analyses useful for policy makers; around 50% of the researchers admitted that the research capacities are relatively weak in providing adequate support to policy makers. Researchers are involved only in particular phases of the policy making processes; there is a very poor culture of cooperation between researchers and politicians. It seems that they are both speaking “different languages”.

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24.06.2015

Conference "Regulatory Agencies under Challenge" was held at the London School of Economics within the RRPP Academic Mentoring Programme


The event was organised on 11-12 June within the RRPP-funded project Are Regulatory Agencies in Serbia and Macedonia Accountable and Transparent? mentored by the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at the LSE. Various transparency regimes in both countries have been observed based on the analysis of agencies and regulators operating in five major areas: telecommunications/IT, energy, media, market competition, and environment protection.

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23.06.2015

Round Table in Skopje: "Macedonia 2015 - Between Authoritarian Temptations and Europeanization?"


Organized by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit (LCU) in Macedonia, the event brought together some 70 participants representing media, civil society, academia and state authorities. The debate centered on the way out of the authoritarian tendencies in Macedonia: The new concept of politics embodied by the new social movement and its influence on the parties, the media and the political culture in the country. The detailed report and the programme are now available online.

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18.06.2015

RRPP Young Researchers Club Albania met again on 17 June 2015 at Tirana Times Bookstore


The event focused on “How to get published”. The guest speaker was Prof. Denise Burnette from Columbia School of Social Work, who has directly contributed to the establishment of research and teaching capacity of social work faculty in Albania. The debate was centered on the difficulty to express one’s ideas in a foreign language; how to avoid plagiarism; and how to benefit from open access journals at an early stage of the academic career.

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17.06.2015

Research results presentation on 24 June: Round Table "The Impact of Socio-economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy" in Belgrade


The Round table takes place on 24 June 2015 at 11.00 a.m. at Media Center (Medija Centar) in Belgrade to present the results of the RRPP funded regional project The Impact of Socio-economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy. Research results show that rural areas of Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are characterized by common problems like depopulation, low activity in the labor market, high participation of small farms and slow process of their restructuring.

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16.06.2015

Meeting with the Kosovo Assembly Committee for Education, Culture, Youth, Sports, Public Administration, Local Government and Media


The meeting was held on 27 May as a part of the National Policy Dialogue, which aims to increase the level of implementation of strategic policies, programs and laws related to research and higher education in Kosovo. The purpose of the meeting was to present the program’s main findings and recommendations to the Committee members and discuss with them the possibility of implementing these recommendations.

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16.06.2015

Round table “Social security system and remittances as informal social protection in Macedonia” was held on 10 June in Skopje


Organized by the Association for economic research, advocacy and policymaking “Finance Think” Skopje, the event aimed at presenting the preliminary results of Macedonian team within the RRPP funded project “Migration as social protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households”. The main finding is that received remittances really serve as an informal social protection for families who receive them, because recipients of remittances have 6% more likely to report zero vulnerability (not facing any one of the indicators of vulnerability).

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16.06.2015

Workshop in Prishtina within the RRPP funded Project "Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations"


This was one of the first official meetings and initiatives for academic collaboration of scholars from the University of Belgrade and University of Prishtina since the late 1990s. The workshop was held on 26 May at the Dean’s Chamber of the Faculty of Philology, University of Prishtina. This RRPP funded research project is implemented by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and KPZ Beton from Belgrade, in co-operation with Qendra multimedia from Prishtina. The event was well documented by the present media.

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16.06.2015

Call for Applications for the journal Comparative Balkan Politics within the RRPP funded project "Balkan Comparative Electoral Study"


Comparative Balkan Politics is now accepting manuscripts for its first issue.
It will include a special section on "Internal Party Democracy", welcoming research articles with both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Authors are encouraged to make use of Comparative Candidate Survey data for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia. Review articles, electoral notes and policy notes will also be accepted within the general section of the journal. To be included in the first issue manuscripts must be submitted via email to the editors by July 20th 2015.

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04.06.2015

Round Table on "Developing Human Resources and Capacities in Support of Excellence in Social Science Research" was held at Ministry of Education and Sport in Tirana


At the core of the event was a debate over strategic objectives of the national policy reform on higher education in Albania. Many representatives of Ministry of Education and Sport as well as research institutes discussed a number of obstacles with regards to the way the reform is addressing the challenges of research, such as the absence of dedicated budget for research and the identified problems with human resources.

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23.05.2015

Workshop on "Policy Link and Brief Writing – Making the Link from Research to Policy" took place on 14-16 May 2015 in Durrës, Albania


The trainining was conducted by Eoin Young from the International Center for Policy Advocacy (ICPA) within the framework of Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI). It focused on how to produce policy relevant analysis and recommendations.

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21.05.2015

26 May 2015 in Skopje: Round Table on current political developments in Macedonia


The Round Table entitled "MACEDONIA 2015: Between Authoritarian Temptations and Europeanization? Discussing the trajectories of political change in Macedonia and its democratic prospects" brings together renown speakers and takes place in Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje, 18:00-20:30.

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08.05.2015

Save the date: National Conference "Fostering Evidence-Informed Policymaking Practices in Albania" to be held on 10 June in Tirana, Albania


The conference organized in ABA-Center in Tirana, brings together strategic policymakers, policy-oriented scientists, experts and data "providers" to discuss the current state of evidence-informed policymaking in Albania, the capacity of policymakers to use research and of researchers to produce quality outputs, as well as the incentives which make policymakers use research.

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30.04.2015

Preliminary Results of the Project "Implementation of the Social Science Research Results in the Policy-Making Process"


Some substantial preliminary findings of this project were presented by RRPP Local Coordinator in Serbia, Mihajlo Djukic, at the Round Table "Ways to Involve Research and Academic Community in the Public Policy Management System in Serbia" on 17 April 2015. Thus, policy makers seem to have never/almost never consulted more than 44% of scientific institutes in the field of social sciences in Serbia; Research institutes prove not to be proactive partners either. Only one third of the scientific institutes have initiated cooperation with policy makers.

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30.04.2015

"Scientific Café" was organized in Prishtina to discuss challenges faced by Kosovan researchers while studying abroad and upon their return


The meeting was attended by Kosovan scholars who currently study or have already finished academic programs abroad as well as students aspiring to pursue their studies at foreign universities. Drawing on their experience, the speakers emphasized the importance of participation in extra-curricular activities and networking with Kosovan scholars at foreign universities. Due to the prevalence of corruption and clientelism in the public sector, the return and integration into Kosovo’s public life after studying abroad may turn out challenging. However, studies abroad are conducive to developing a professional academic career in the country.

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16.04.2015

RRPP Young Researchers Club Albania (YRC) met again to discuss alternative support possibilities for scientific research in Albania


At the fourth meeting of the YRC three experienced guest speakers presented an overview of research funding opportunities in various countries, be it through the European Training Foundation, Horizon 2020 or the PERFORM programme.

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16.04.2015

Round Table "Use of Scientific Evidence in Designing Social Protection Policies in Albania" was held in Tirana at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth


Attended by the representives of Ministries and NGOs as well as acedmic experts in social protection policies, the event, that took place on 27 March in Tirana, aimed at reflecting on the relevance of evidence-based policy-making. Participants identified the political will as a key to success of the integration of evidence into policy-making processes. Furthermore, the need for training of the policy-makers in the acquisition and implementation of evidence is another essential factor. Additionally, stronger attention should be paid to the use of scientific evidence as a way to legitimize (the implementation of) the specific social policies.

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15.04.2015

Round Table "Institutional Models of Regulatory Bodies in the Republic of Macedonia" was held in Skopje


Attended by some 40 participants on 12 March in Skopje, the round table aimed at elaborating on the first results of the RRPP-funded project "Are the regulatory bodies in Serbia and Macedonia transparent and accountable?" and has found broad coverage in the media.

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01.07.2015

Workshop on "Producing Policy Relevant Analysis & Writing to Influence Decision Making" was held on 25-27 June in Belgrade, Serbia. Organised within the framework of Policy Bridging Initiative (PBI) the event brought together 20 participants from 11 RRPP-funded projects. It was focused on supporting RRPP researchers to develop evidence-driven arguments and effective policy papers as a solid foundation for policy advocacy.
learn more

01.07.2015

Center for Social Research Analitika (Bosnia and Herzegovina) started a new web platform PolicyHub (www.policyhub.net) dedicated to the development of social research, with a focus on policy-relevant and applied research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans. If you are interested in contributing to this platform by providing a text or participating in various PolicyHub initiatives, contact the editors: info@policyhub.notexisting@nodomain.comnet.
learn more

27.06.2015

Upcoming: Round Table on "Reform of political and electoral system in Serbia" is held on 10 July at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. The event is organised within the RRPP-funded project Balkan Electoral Comparative Study: Impact of Personal Vote on Internal Party Democracy. Its purpose is to gather members of academic community and representatives of political elite and civil society to discuss the preliminary findings of the project and to make joint contribution to the debate on reform of political system in Serbia.
learn more

25.06.2015

Call for Papers: Scientific Conference on "Informality in Central and South-East Europe: Linkages between Political and Economic Actors." The international conference takes place at the University of Belgrade on 30-31 October 2015, organised by SeConS - Development Initiative Group within the RRPP-funded project Informal Practices of Capturing Economic Resources by Political Elites: Exploring Party Patronage in Kosovo and Serbia. Deadline for abstract submission: 31 July 2015.
learn more

25.06.2015

Call for Applications: “International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans” to be held on 19-21 October in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; jointly organised by the Center for Social Research Analitika, the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP) and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations. It will offer an insight into the theory and practice of managing research organizations through presentations by managers from leading think tanks and research institutes from the region and EU. Apply till 15 July.
learn more

25.06.2015

National Conference on "Fostering Evidence-Informed Policy-making Practices in Albania" was held on 10 June in Tirana. It brought together policy-makers, scientists, experts and data ‘providers’ to discuss the evidence-informed policy-making in Albania, the capacity of policy-makers to use research and of researchers to produce quality outputs, as well as the incentives which make them cooperate with each other.
learn more

24.06.2015

“Scientific Café” II: Studying, Teaching and Conducting Research at the University of Prishtina (UP) was organised by the Local Coordination Unit Kosovo as a part of the National Policy Dialogue on the 3rd June 2015. The lack of research quality, exchange and competitiveness, as well as overloading the UP’s academic staff with teaching obligations are the main problems of the higher education in Kosovo.
learn more

24.06.2015

Round Table on "Implementation of Research Results in the Field of Social Sciences in the Policy Making Processes in Serbia" was organized on the 21st of May 2015 by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit of Serbia in cooperation with the Republic Secretariat for Public Policies of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to present and discuss the preliminary results obtained from the extensive research based on face-to-face in depth interviews.
learn more

24.06.2015

Conference "Regulatory Agencies under Challenge" was held at the London School of Economics within the Academic Mentoring Programme. The event was a joint initiative of the RRPP-funded project Are Regulatory Agencies in Serbia and Macedonia Accountable and Transparent? and the mentoring institution the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at the LSE.
learn more

23.06.2015

Round Table in Skopje: "Macedonia 2015 - Between Authoritarian Temptations and Europeanization?" brought together some 70 participants representing media, civil society, academia and state authorities. The debate centered on the way out of the authoritarian tendencies in Macedonia: the new concept of politics embodied by the new social movement. The detailed report and the programme are now available online.
learn more

18.06.2015

RRPP Young Researchers Club Albania met again on 17 June 2015 at Tirana Times Bookstore. The event focused on “How to get published”. The guest speaker, Prof. Denise Burnette from Columbia School of Social Work, addressed such topics as the difficulty to express one’s ideas in a foreign language; how to avoid plagiarism; and how to benefit from open access journals at an early stage of the academic career.
learn more

17.06.2015

Research results presentation on 24 June: Round Table on the RRPP funded project The Impact of Socio-economic Structure of Rural Population on Success of Rural Development Policy takes place at 11.00 a.m. at Media Center (Medija Centar) in Belgrade.
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16.06.2015

Meeting with the Kosovo Assembly Committee for Education, Culture, Youth, Sports, Public Administration, Local Government and Media was held on 27 May as a part of the National Policy Dialogue, which aims to increase the level of implementation of strategic policies, programs and laws related to research and higher education in Kosovo. The purpose of the meeting was to present the program’s main findings and recommendations to the Committee members and discuss with them the possibility of implementing these recommendations.
learn more

16.06.2015

Round table “Social security system and remittances as informal social protection in Macedonia” was held on 10 June in Skopje. It aimed at presenting the preliminary results of the RRPP funded project “Migration as social protection: Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households”.
learn more

16.06.2015

Workshop in Prishtina within the RRPP funded Project "Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations" was one of the first official meetings and initiatives for academic collaboration of scholars from the University of Belgrade and University of Prishtina since the late 1990s. The event was held on 26 May at the Dean’s Chamber of the Faculty of Philology, University of Prishtina. This RRPP funded project is implemented by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and KPZ Beton from Belgrade, in co-operation with Qendra multimedia from Prishtina.
learn more

16.06.2015

Call for Applications for the journal Comparative Balkan Politics (CBP) within the RRPP funded project "Balkan Comparative Electoral Study" - CBP is now accepting manuscripts for its first issue that will include a special section on "Internal Party Democracy", welcoming research articles with both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Deadline for manuscript submission: July 20th, 2015.
learn more

04.06.2015

Round Table on "Developing Human Resources and Capacities in Support of Excellence in Social Science Research" was held at Ministry of Education and Sport in Tirana. At the core of the event was a debate over objectives of the national policy reform on higher education in Albania.
learn more

23.05.2015

Workshop on "Policy Link and Brief Writing – Making the Link from Research to Policy" took place on 14-16 May 2015 in Durrës, Albania. The trainining was focused on how to produce policy relevant analysis and recommendations.
learn more

21.05.2015

26 May 2015: The Round Table entitled "MACEDONIA 2015: Between Authoritarian Temptations and Europeanization? Discussing the trajectories of political change in Macedonia and its democratic prospects" brings together renown speakers and takes place in Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje, 18:00-20:30.
learn more

08.05.2015

Save the date: National Conference "Fostering Evidence-Informed Policymaking Practices in Albania" is organized on 10 June in Tirana, Albania.
learn more

30.04.2015

Substantial preliminary results of the project "Implementation of the Social Science Research Results in the Policy-Making Process" were presented at the Round Table Ways to Involve Research and Academic Community in the Public Policy Management System in Serbia on 17 April 2015.
learn more

30.04.2015

"Scientific Café" was organized on 16 April in Prishtina to discuss challenges faced by Kosovan researchers while studying abroad and upon their return. The meeting was attended by Kosovan scholars who currently study or have already finished academic programs abroad as well as students aspiring to pursue their studies at foreign universities.
learn more

16.04.2015

RRPP Young Researchers Club Albania (YRC) met again on 10 March to discuss alternative support possibilities for scientific research in Albania. At that informative meeting three experienced guest speakers presented an overview of research funding opportunities in various countries, be it through the European Training Foundation, Horizon 2020 or the PERFORM programme.
learn more

16.04.2015

Round Table "Use of Scientific Evidence in Designing Social Protection Policies in Albania" was held in Tirana at the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth on 27 March. It aimed at reflecting on the relevance of evidence-based policy-making. Participants identified the political will as a key to success of the integration of evidence into policy-making processes. Furthermore, the need for training of the policy-makers in the acquisition and implementation of evidence is another essential factor.
learn more

15.04.2015

Round table "Institutional models of regulatory bodies in the Republic of Macedonia" was held in Skopje on 12 March and brought together some 40 participants. It aimed at elaborating on the first results of the RRPP-funded project "Are the regulatory bodies in Serbia and Macedonia transparent and accountable?"
learn more

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