social science community

A social science community, well networked in the region and beyond, that conducts high quality research based on a common agenda, and communicates well within the community and beyond.

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Systemic linkages

Systemic linkages have developed through which social sciences provide evidence-based knowledge to political decision-making and public debate, and contribute to transparent political decision-making.

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favourable frame conditions

State institutions provide favourable framework conditions (policy framework and finance mechanisms) for well-performing social sciences and research sector.

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The overarching goal of PERFORM is a strong, confident and publicly positioned social science research community that meaningfully contributes to socio-economic and political reform processes.

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news and updates


The State of Social Sciences and Humanities in Serbia

In order to improve development of research in the field of social sciences and humanities, the visibility of scientific work and results needs to be increased, policies that would discourage hyper production of papers should be introduced, while the government needs to stimulate evidence based policy making. These are some of the main recommendations that came out of the debate “Towards Increasing Excellence in Social Sciences and Humanities in Serbia” organised by PERFORM.

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Supporting the Institute of Social Sciences

For the past 60 years, the Institute of Social Sciences has oriented its research on social phenomena, the improvement of scientific thought and the development of scientific methodology. Still, the Institute faced challenges with regard to low recognition of its work among social actors. Over the course of two and a half years, PERFORM supported ISS in building its capacities, diversifying its sources of funding and raising its visibility toward the public and policymakers.

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Serbian Researchers Join the European Social Survey ERIC

Serbia is not participating in the comparative research projects that are conducted on the European or regional level. This is excluding Serbian researchers from using comparative data and providing high quality outputs. PERFORM supported Serbian research community in joining the European Social Survey (ESS), methodologically and theoretically the most comprehensive international comparative research in the field of social science.

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Collaborative Online and Offline Research Platform

Public funding for research in Albanian Universities is virtually inexistent. The Government has been paying into European Research Funds in hopes of seeing researchers win more research funding from these sources. However, less research money flows from Brussels to Albanian researchers than the Albanian Government has contributed to them. PERFORM supported the establishment of COORP - Collaborative Offline & Online Research Platform that will meet and match researchers for funding applications.

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