On 16 November 2018, INSTAT, Agenda Institute and PERFORM organised a strategy workshop regarding "Kërkimi" Statistical Journal.
Throughout this year, PERFORM has supported the establishment of a scientific journal in Albania, dedicated to statistical analysis. The first issue was published in June 2018 and the second one will be issued in December 2018. This is a peer reviewed journal and a pioneer in the statistical research in Albania.
The strategy workshop was moderated by Dr Sebastian Schief from University of Fribourg, Switzerland, based on the very detailed SWOT analysis of the journal. Editorial and Advisory boards of the journal engaged in a fruitful discussion with the aim of planning medium and long-term goals of the journal.
The participants agreed that it will be a journal dedicated to statistical research, open to everyone, using methodologies well defined, as well as focusing on empirical research. The main points were sustainability, quality assurance of the process, increasing readership, financial support, as well as strategic priorities of the journal for 2019. Both the editorial and advisory boards agreed on common steps for 2019, starting from equipping the journal with the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) to attracting potential authors for the third issue in order to achieve sustainability. On the other hand, the EU integration process of Albania will require statistical research based evidences and the journal has the potential to become one of the main sources of reference of this kind.