News archive - PERFORM Support to the Institute of Social Sciences

The Serbian Institute of Social Sciences is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the field of social sciences in the region of Southeast Europe. For the past 60 years, it has oriented its research on social phenomena, the improvement of scientific thought and the development of scientific methodology. Still, the Institute faced challenges with regard to low recognition of its work among social actors, i.e. the public and policymakers. Over the course of two and a half years, PERFORM supported ISS in building its capacities, diversifying its sources of funding and raising its visibility vis-à-vis the public and policymakers.

PERFORM acted in order to:

  • Break the circle of mistrust - PERFORM facilitated cooperation between the Center for Demography of ISS and the Ministry without portfolio in charge of demography and population policy.
  • Raise visibility - PERFORM decided to support ISS to better position itself publicly by communicating their expertise and increasing their visibility.
  • Join Forces - PERFORM decided to support the establishment of a meeting place for researchers and thus improve their interaction. By facilitating collaboration between ISS and other institutions, PERFORM sought to overcome this barrier and intensify researchers’ linkages across the region. At the initiative of PERFORM, the Academic Network for Cooperation in South East Europe was established among research institutions in the field of social sciences and humanities. The members include: Institute of Social Sciences Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University, Institute for Ethnic Studies from Ljubljana, Institute for Social and Human Research, Euro-Balkan University of Skopje, Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, and Faculty of Political Sciences – University of Montenegro.
  • Responding to the changing environment - PERFORM piloted two projects, both directed toward making ISS more flexible in its work and to the changing environment. In the first project, ISS was assisted in developing and conducting self-evaluation assessment. The other project was designed with ISS as partner to answer to planned restructuring of the funding mechanisms of research organisations.
  • Impact -  Projects through which PERFORM supported ISS stimulated cooperation and trust between social science researchers and policymakers.

Find more details on the specific support provided here

Geographical focus
  • Serbia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Admin on November 30, 2018
Modified on December 11, 2018