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 frame 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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PhD Students in Serbia Cannot Compete with Their Peers in Europe

PhD students in social sciences and humanities are facing numerous challenges that lead to poor quality research in social sciences and humanities, so young researchers are not competitive with their European peers and have difficulties in finding their place on labour market.

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Raising the Quality of Social Science Research in Serbia

Thanks to becoming a member of the European Social Survey, researchers from Serbia can now participate in the most comprehensive global study of citizens in Europe and draw on comparative research results of 30 other countries. PERFORM was instrumental in driving this change

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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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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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