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Society and open government

We support the sustainable development of open society by contributing to knowledge-based formation of policies, development of wise government and by performing social analyses and promoting social exchange of ideas. We act as partners for the public, third and private sector in preparing strategies and development plans, and performing audits and analyses as well as in developing legislative drafting.

The focus field of society and open government is represented by TU School of Governance, Law and Society, and the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies. The fields of activity and contacts of the School are the following:

Applied research and development activities mainly focus on the following:

  • assessment of international organisations and practices, and consultations
  • planning of strategies, counselling as regards development plans and future monitoring
  • analyses of policies (including ex ante and ex post analyses, analysis of political campaigns, policy analyses on international level, etc.)
  • applied research in political culture, civil society and civil education
  • legal expert analyses (incl. analyses of court rulings)
  • social work, social politics, social pedagogy, applied research and expert analyses on social stratification
  • gender studies, applied research on lifestyles, inhabitants’ attitudes and the cooperation between generations
  • studies in migration and ethnic relations, studies in society’s integration
  • organisational satisfaction surveys, labour force and payment surveys
  • consultations on register-based censuses and creation of databases; population prognoses
  • survey counselling regarding methodology and databases.

The main cooperation partners in development activities are different ministries, boards and city governments as well as professional organisations of the social field, e.g. National Institute for Health Development and Estonian Union for Child Healthcare, and major infrastructure enterprises and their unions, including Port of Tallinn, Omniva, NFCS, Estonian Cooperation Assembly, MISA, NATO, etc.

Examples of development cooperation:

  • Survey conducted for the Ministry of Social Affairs, focusing on the reorganisation and increased efficiency of the special care system for people with intellectual disabilities. The survey resulted in proposals and policy recommendations for reorganising, developing and optimising Estonian special care system in terms of organisation, legal space, funding and cross-sectors integration.
  • Survey on the analysis of the effect of the results of programme of the Fund of Non-governmental Organizations, which involved an analysis of NGOs approved in call for projects in terms of experience and performance of project goals, issues regarding the operational capability of NGOs, cooperation with donor countries and its sustainability.
  • Compilation of future scenarios of Estonian logistics for the Estonian Logistics and Fright Forwarding Association. What kind of competence is required from the companies providing fright forwarding and logistics services and how to improve their strategical capability of making right and timely decisions in an increasingly complicated geopolitical environment? This task involved the development of four development scenarios until the year 2030, and an activities and initiatives’ portfolio for raising international competitiveness of Estonian logistics’ sector companies.
  • Assessment of the sustainability of local governments in Rapla county through the capabilities´ consolidation for Local Government Association of Rapla county. On the basis of the analysis of the effects of local governments unification vision and scenarios for increased sustainability of Rapla County local governments were developed.
  • Research regarding the permanent residents of Old Town of Tallinn for City Office of Tallinn. Which lifestyle suits the Old Town and which lifestyle is preferred by the permanent Old Town residents of Tallinn? The survey resulted in the analysis of factors that contribute to the increase in the number of permanent Old Town residents and in the proposal of measures for developing the legal and social economic situation to increase the number of permanent residents.
  • International civil education research for the Ministry of Education and Research. The ways and extent to which the young are prepared to take the role of a citizen, and the role of teachers and school in the process were studied.
  • Development work „REGRELL“ for Statistics Estonia, which involved development of register based census method for Statistics Estonia.
  • An international research development project „ACCOMPLISSH“, which involves the development of a communication platform prototype that supports mediation of social sciences in an understandable manner for the society.
  • „CEDEFOP“, an international survey, involving the cooperation of more than 150 European experts, on changes in professional education. The research focuses on the changes of previous two decades in European professional education and the resulting effects.
  • „Health Promotion Station – trainings for communities“, communication activities package for health promoters, which included trainings, campaigns, fairs and the compilation of guidelines. Keywords of the trainings were cooperation and communication in health promotion, promotion of healthy lifestyle, community activation methods and social innovation. In total, more than 300 people promoting health in communities were trained.
  • Development and training cooperation „Development of positive attitudes“ with a mental health services provider in Estonia. This involves preparation and provision of continuing education in the field of mental health, research in attitudes towards mental disorders, and campaigns to increase the social awareness of mental disorders and possible support.