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Sociological analysis of factors facilitating and impeding development of Private Public partnership in Latvia  
Year: 2010
supported by the Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway within the framework of the EEA financial tool and the Government of Norway bilateral financial tool (administered by the Society Integration Fund)

The study looked at public-private partnership (PPP) policy formation and implementation in Latvia, has analyzed both the experience of implemented and initiated PPP cases and the attitudes of entrepreneurs towards PPP contrary to procurement. Case experience analysis of the PPP in Latvia illuminates both the PPP-enhancing and hindering factors throughout the project implementation period - from development of procurement documents to the evaluation of over the years accumulated experience of cooperation of partners on both sides. The study has led to a number of recommendations for policy makers for future evelopment of PPP in Latvia. Research report (.pdf)

 Third Country Nationals' Integration System Development 
Year: 2009
supported by The Integration of Third Country Nationals Fund (administered by the Ministry of Justice)

The Baltic Institute of Social Sciences took up a research project "Third country nationals' integration system development". The aim of the project was to facilitate development of welcoming society which is aware of immigration policy significance and necessity and could regard immigrants and guest workers positively and adequately, both at the everyday communication level and at the level of state institutions providing social services to immigrants.

We have identified five areas of research which focus on the main aspects of the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia . These five areas interweave through all of the segments of the study: (1) accessibility of the labour market and inclusion therein (including labour and residence permit producers, economic and social dependency upon one’s employer, and a shortage of social guarantees); (2) the provision of and access to social services (including health care, education, housing and language lessons); (3) the establishment and maintenance of social contacts and open social networks (including problems related to culture, segregation in labour and housing, as well as fences erected by various groups in society); (4) political participation (the right to vote in local government elections, participation in consultative mechanisms, membership in labour unions, and membership in other social and non-governmental organisations); (5) d iscrimination (particularly focused on racial, ethnic and religious discrimination, as well as institutional discrimination). Research report (.pdf)

 INCLUD-ED (Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion in Europe from education) 
Years: 2006-2011
financed by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission

Together with University of Barcelona and other project partners BISS realized research on educational strategies that promote social cohesion in Europe. In order to analyze effective educational practices, where education contributes to overcome social exclusion in different educational levels, several case studies of different educational institutions (kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and vocational school) in Latvia were carried out.

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  Formation of the Inhabitant's Regional Networks for Knowledge Dissemination and Open Dialogue 
Years: 2008-2009

The project - communicative social research "Formation of the Inhabitant's Regional Networks for Knowledge and Open Dialogue", by the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, aims to stimulate the social, economic and political activities of inhabitants. For a half-year period, entrepreneurs and farmers participated in discussions over the European Union fund acquisition, their future intentions with respect to the fund acquisition and overall experiences. The design of the project followed a bottom-up model of policy development. The entrepreneurs and farmers were also invited to discuss these matters with decision makers hailing from various levels as well as social partners. Initially, local discussions were held by the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences in order to learn the effect these EU funds had over entrepreneurs un farmer's lives. With every subsequent project stage, higher levels of decision makers and opinion makers were involved in discussions that faciliatated debate and helped identify barriers to the EU funding acquisition. Project results (.pdf)

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