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International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans and the EU

Past event

19.Oct

International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans and the EU

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Organizations involved in policy research and applied social science research in the Western Balkans region, such as research institutes and think tanks, are facing a number of obstacles to their work. These include unpredictable socio-political contexts, insecure sources of funding, high staff turnover and a shortage of trained staff, and increasing competition.

On October 19-21, 2015, the Center for Social Research Analitika, in cooperation with the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP) and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations jointly organized “International Workshop for Managers of Research Organizations in the Western Balkans” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of this international workshop was to address the needs of managers (directors, executive directors, deputy directors and research directors) of research organizations that are facing some of the challenges mentioned. 

The event offered an insight into the state of the art of theory and practice of managing research organizations through presentations by managers from leading think tanks and research institutes from the region and EU. It additionally provided ample opportunity for an exchange of experiences and networking between participants.

The workshop covered the following 6 broad pillars of management responsibilities in think tanks and research institutes:

  1. Research process management and quality control processes;

  2. Management of communications and advocacy;

  3. Standard operating procedures;

  4. Human resource management and staffing processes;

  5. Governance, oversight, and management of external inputs into programmatic work; and

  6. Sustainability: fundraising, financial management, and strategic planning.

Keynote speakers and presenters were senior managers from some of the leading think tanks and research institutes based in the European Union and the Western Balkans. The final list of speakers is available in the workshop program, available HERE

 

About the Organizers

This workshop is jointly funded by the Regional Research Promotion Program (RRPP) in the Western Balkans and the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations.

Regional Research Promotion Programme (www.rrpp-westernbalkans.net) is aimed at fostering and promoting social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations works to ensure decision makers and relevant stakeholders in the countries of operation use high quality, evidence-informed research to develop and implement policies that lead to and sustain more open and prosperous societies. Active in more than 20 countries across Europe and the South Caucasus, the Think Tank Fund devises country-by-country funding strategies based on needs assessments, cooperation with local Open Society foundations, and careful selection of grantees. More information about the Think Tank Fund is available at: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/programs/think-tank-fund