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  • Health Impact Assessment pilot project in Hungary

    The objectives of the project are to identify a national policy appropriate for a pilot HIA; coordinate the design of the pilot with key national stakeholders and international experts; coordinate the delivery, analysis and reporting findings with detailed recommendations for adopting HIA across government spending ministries; lead the implementation of IPF policy paper recommendations that are necessary to ensure the sustainability of HIA beyond the pilot project; write a policy paper for the Director General of the National Institute for Health Development, the Head of the Public Health Division and the Permanent State Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, and the Head of the Social Policy Department at the Prime Minister's Office. Read more
  • Higher education for people with hearing disabilities:Enhancing the learning experience

    The objectives of the project are to monitor policy developments in the area of higher education for hearing-impaired people in Eastern and Western Europe; highlight policy lessons relevant to the reform of higher education for people with hearing disabilities in the Siberian Region; propose a set of policy recommendations specific to the needs of the Novosibirsk Institute of Social Rehabilitation (one of the leading specialized higher education centers in Russia); and write a research and policy paper for the Novosibirsk Institute of Social Rehabilitation and work with and present the project results to the Association for Disabled People, Russian Association for the Deaf, and Administrative Department for Special Education of the Russian Federation Ministry of Education. Read more
  • Higher education legislation in Balkan countries

    The aim of the project is to conduct comparative analysis of legislation regulating higher education institutions in selected Balkan countries; examine the specific legislative norms that regulate educational practices in these countries; identify the most decisive factors sparking education reforms; and write a research and policy paper for the Bulgarian Rectors' Council; the Parliamentary Commission for Education, Science and Culture; and the Ministry of Education and Science. Read more
  • Higher education management in Armenia

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of higher education, analyze the institutional administrative structure of higher education in Armenia and assess its development and effectiveness, and devise policy recommendations for future strategies. Read more
  • Higher education reform and the Bologna Process in the former Soviet Union

    The objectives of the project are to study four diverse approaches to the Bologna Process as found in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Kazakhstan (within the context of a common higher education past); examine the ideological positioning of these countries in relation to the EHEA and its consequences; explore the collaboration and/or collision of different higher education frameworks and the impact of participant countries that are both 'in' and 'out' on the EHEA; and write a research paper and policy study for the relevant ministries and the primary implementers of the Bologna Process in Western Europe on how to best focus higher education reform efforts within the context of the former Soviet Union. Read more
  • Higher education reform in Russia: University responses

    The objectives of the project are to develop a policy paper in the field of higher education, examine the impact of financing changes in Russian higher education and their implications for educational standards and practices, monitor university re-organization and adjustment to the new conditions during the fellowship year (with a case study of Novosibirsk State University), and forecast the effects of the changes on social mobility and stratification. Read more
  • HIV/AIDS/STI programs in the Armenian school curriculum

    The main objectives of this project are to investigate the possibility of integrating an HIV/AIDS/STI education program into Armenian schools; identify the current status of Armenian school health education policies and programs; analyze institutional, policymaking, cultural, and societal barriers to the implementation of school-based AIDS education; conduct qualitative and quantitative studies including in-depth interviews, focus groups and surveys among policymakers, parents and teachers; organize seminars and a roundtable discussion with participation of representatives of the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Institute of Health, UNAIDS and other agencies to discuss the issue; write articles for local and international audiences to attract their attention to the issue; and prepare a research and policy paper with recommendations for MOE and MOH. Read more
  • HIV policy needs assessment in Central Asian countries

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the drug and HIV prevention policy in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan; develop recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of such policies and regulations; conduct onsite interviews with the directors as well as clients of harm reduction projects in Central Asia (CA), coordinators of public health programs of the international agencies working in CA countries (such as OSI, Abt. Associates, ZdravPlus, USAID, UNAIDS), representatives of administrations of the states' AIDS Centers, and the directorate of the Program on HIV prevention in Central Asia; create an online informational and educational resource for advocating democratic and effective drug and HIV policy in Central Asian countries; and write a research and policy paper for Open Society Institute's International Harm Reduction Development Program, USAID, Japan Agency for International Collaboration, and local medical, drug and HIV-related non-governmental organizations in CA. Read more
  • Humanities and social sciences in Latvia: Change and continuity

    The objectives of the project are to identify cases where partly externally driven reform of academic practices to enhance students' critical skills and civic engagement was simultaneously accompanied by the exclusionary, racist and nationalist discourses; assess the impact of both local and international actors, such as national level organizations and Civic Education Project, SCOUT, HESP, Robert Bosch Stiftung and others, in the introduction of democratic discourses in academic and educational milieu, as well as possible counter-currents to such discourses; increase the proposed study's scope and implications by comparing the case of Latvia with two other transition societies - one EU case (Poland) and one CIS case (Ukraine); and write a research paper and policy study with recommendations for education policy planners in Latvia and elsewhere at the university, national and international levels for promoting new academic agendas and civic involvement in democratizing societies. Read more
  • Human rights protection mechanisms in the Czech Republic: Enhancing effectiveness

    The objectives of the project are to map out and analyze the functioning of human rights protection mechanisms in the Czech Republic with the understanding that such mechanisms function within a complex, interdependent structure that involves state institutions and civil society actors and their mutual interactions; formulate proposals for achieving greater access, affordability and effectiveness of human rights protection; and write a research and policy paper on human rights institution-building for the Human Rights Commissioner of the Czech Government. Read more
  • Illegal migration including human trafficking and security policy

    The objectives of the project are to analyze possibilities for the prevention of human trafficking in Ukraine via the advancement of a national strategy; devise recommendations for the President and Parliament of Ukraine, Internal Affairs Ministry, relevant civil society actors and academic communities in Ukraine; and write a research paper and policy study for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and regional stakeholders. Read more
  • Immigration and the integration of new minorities in Central Europe: The case of the Czech Republic

    The objectives of the project are to summarize the main experiences and map out current developments in the field of immigration and integration policies at international, EU and national levels; outline the major alternatives for future strategies in the area of immigration and the integration of new minorities in the Czech Republic; and write a research and policy paper for the Migration and Asylum Department of the Interior Ministry and the Migration Unit of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic. Read more
  • Improving access to media for the disabled hearing population

    The project aims to improve understanding of the communicational barriers encountered by the deaf population in accessing Romanian visual media, identify ways and means of promoting the deaf population's access to television programs, refine definitions of exclusion and promote the inclusion of disabled persons in mainstream activities, and develop a policy paper in the field of media policy. Read more
  • Improving the public policymaking process in Armenia

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the policymaking process of the Armenian National Assembly with a special focus on existing lobby groups and other influences; compare the policymaking practices in Armenia with those of other countries; identify the weaknesses of the policy process in Armenia and the capacity of the Armenian National Assembly; develop a strategy to improve constituency relations; organize a training and a seminar devoted to the research and proposed strategy; and write a research and policy paper to promote the research findings with the National Assembly Administration, deputies and other stakeholders. Read more
  • Inclusive education in Russia: Creating a future together

    The goals of the project are to analyze the potential social consequences of introducing integrative/inclusive education into contemporary Russian society; identify advantages and disadvantages of segregated educational systems and test conditions for integrative schooling; conduct an ethnographic evaluation study as well as focus groups and surveys of school children, parents and teachers; engage mass media and the public in discussion of the issue; write a series of articles and a book on social issues of disability and inclusive education; and develop a policy paper for regional educational policymakers including the head of the City Educational Committee, the Ministers of Education and Social Development of the Saratov oblast, and international organizations including UNICEF. Read more
  • Inflation, growth and business cycles in banning time models

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  • Information policies of local government administrations in Poland

    The objectives of the project are to analyze legislation concerning access to public information at the local level, examine the process of dissemination of information about local government performance, identify best practices in the field of local information policy, devise recommendations for developing effective community communication, and develop a policy paper in the field of information policy. Read more
  • Information policy and local governments in Russia

    The objectives of the project are to analyze existing information resources about local government in Russia and their availability for local communities; summarize 'best practices' in local government information openness, especially as regards budgetary transparency; compare developed western legislation and standards on information policy of local governments and the relevant legislation and practices in Russia; devise information policy recommendations for Russian local governments; and develop a policy paper in the field of information policy. Read more
  • Information society in Turkey: Civil society participation in the policymaking process

    The objectives of the project are to conduct research on legal and policy developments involving the establishment of an information society in Turkey; assess the impact of civil society participation on the current policymaking process in Turkey and develop recommendations for future action; provide training to NGO and civil society representatives and academics working in the field of law and policy issues involving e-democracy, human rights and the Internet in Turkey; and write a research and policy paper for the Turkish government and parliamentarians, NGOs such as Turkiye Bilisim Vakfi and Internet ve Hukuk Platformu, and the Turkey offices of the European Commission and Council of Europe. Read more
  • Information technologies to curb public-sector corruption: The case of the Czech Republic

    The objectives of the project are to analyze the link between information technologies, public sector performance, and non-governmental organizations; propose a model of corruption control based on a decentralized information infrastructure to prevent the misuse of new technological tools; and write a research and policy paper for state officials at the Czech Ministry of Interior and relevant non-governmental organizations including Transparency International. Read more
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