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European Social Survey (European website)

European Social Survey  (greek site for the first round)

The European Social Survey (ESS)  is an academic multi-national survey conducted across Europe every two years since 2002. It is  headed by a Central Scientific Committee, chaired by Rory Fitzgerald of City University of London (HB), in collaboration with six other academic institutions which are:  

  • NSD, Norway
  • GESIS, Germany
  • The Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP - Netherlands
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Spain
  • University of Leuven - Belgium
  • University of Ljubliana - Slovenia

ESS records the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of different populations in more than thirty countries.

The main objectives of ESS are:     

  • To map the stability and changes in the social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret the changes in the European social, political and moral fabric,
  • To achieve and promote high standards for transnational research in the social sciences, including issues of questionnaire design and pilot applications, sampling, data collection, reduction of partiality (bias) and reliability of questions, 
  • To enter well-founded indicators of national progress, based on citizens' perceptions and dicisions, concerning key issues in their societies,
  • To undertake and facilitates the education of European social scientists in
    quantitative comparative measurement and analysis,
  • to increase the visibility and scope of data on social change for use by academic and the research community, policy makers and the general public.

Fight against multiple discriminations in Greece: Promoting equality through active participation and policy making

The main objectives of the program: The measurement and recording of the phenomenon of multiple discrimination in Greece in socially vulnerable groups: racial or ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, the elderly / young, religious minorities and LGBT people, and the investigation of a number of factors (criteria, results, solutions).  The implementation of innovative methodological tools, such as the "Participatory Action Survey", and the verification of the situation in real conditions.  The systematic overview of the existing (multiple) discrimination legal framework and the proposal for reforms.   Information and sensitization on the anti-discrimination legal framework and the development of knowledge to support stakeholders.  Creating reflexes to fight against discrimination and promote gender equality in society and in public service providers.  
The development and promotion of one "Action Plan" as a policy tool to fight against multiple discrimination in the public sector.  The exchange of knowledge and good practices between stakeholders.
Meta-analysis of research conducted on migration in important and integration fields (Health, Social Security, Education, etc.) - Action 2.1B / 2011
The aim of the project is the synthesis of data resulting from different studies and the possibility of implementing a more knowledge-based effective immigration policy and integration policy of Third-Country Nationals,  the increase of the statistical validity and accuracy of the findings concerning the integration of Third-Country Nationals in Greek society,  as well as strengthening the mechanisms for planning and implementing policies and programs for the social integration of Third-Country Nationals.
Development of a Cooperation Network that will connect representatives of Mediterranean member states that face similar challenges related to Greece regarding the integration of Third-Country Nationals
The aim of the project is to record innovative policies of the Mediterranean member states, to evaluate the forms of cooperation between the bodies active in the field of integration of Third-Country Nationals, and to disseminate the best practices of the bodies for the effective management of the migration phenomenon.
Socio-economic class, social status and consumption: Stratification, mobility and urban consumption in Athens.
The research program aims to investigate the relationship between the multiple dimensions of social stratification and social differences in forms of urban consumption in the case of Athens. The program follows, in general, the approach proposed by the international collective research project "Social status, lifestyle and cultural consumption: a comparative study" led by J. Goldthorpe and T.W. Chan. The main hypothesis in that research was that socioeconomic class (according to the neo-Vemberian model of occupational classes introduced by Erikson & Goldthorpe) is not sufficient to understand the differences in cultural consumption and must be completed by its Vemberian concept of social status. In the Greek case, these stratification models (along with their aspects related to social mobility) will be re-examined for better adaptation to specific local conditions. The program for Athens will be based on a quantitative sample survey of households combined with a number of qualitative interviews and will cover a wider range of forms of consumption beyond the narrow limits of cultural consumption: home-both main and secondary / holiday, cars, shopping for clothing, going out for dinner and, finally, visiting a cinema and outdoor events or venues for music, theater or dance. Therefore, in addition to the approaches specific to cultural consumption and its particular relationship to social status and cultural capital, more economic theories will be considered that relate consumption to the pursuit of status and the influence of reference groups. An additional dimension of the analysis will be the socio-spatial structure of consumption and the extent of social division between classes or groups of different status.
International Adult Competency Assessment Program (based on OECD PIAAC specifications)
The PIAAC research is an international comparative research program for the assessment of skills and competencies of adults aged 16-64, designed to collect data for the development of a key indicator of skills and competencies of adults and developed in collaboration with the Directorates of Education and Employment of the OECD. It focuses on measuring the basic cognitive skills required for successful adult participation in the 21st century economy and society. Greece will participate in the second phase (2012-2016) through the partnership of the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning, the EKKE and the National Organization for Qualifications and Vocational Guidance. In the context of the partnership, EKKE has undertaken the organization and scientific support-supervision of the conduct of the empirical research of the project (of the pilot research in 2013 and of the main research in 2014).
Mapping of the existing structures that provide integration services to Third-Country Nationals in the Greek territory as well as recording of the needs for similar structures.
The aim of the program is to highlight the contribution of the state and civil society to the integration of Third-Country Nationals, to identify problems faced by Third-Country Nationals in the process of their integration into Greek society, to strengthen the mechanisms for planning and implementing policies and infrastructure programs that promote the social integration of Third-Country Nationals, and promoting cooperation and coordination between those involved in immigration policy at all levels of government with in order to incorporating the principle of gender equality and improving the living and working conditions of Third-Country Nationals.
Information Campaign to promote the integration of migrants in local communities (Action 1.5 / 09)
The General Objectives of action 1.5 / 09 concerned the following: Informing local communities about the enhanced role of local authorities in the accession process of legally residing third-country nationals through the institutionalization of Immigrant Integration Councils. Awareness raising and strengthening the positive attitude of local communities towards issues of integration of third country nationals and the fight against xenophobia and negative stereotypes towards them. Specific objectives of action 1.5 / 09 were: -The dissemination of information in Municipalities with a high concentration of third country nationals and -The promotion of initiatives and actions implemented by the local authorities of the country.
Anti-Discrimination Observatory
The Anti-Discrimination Observatory is a structure of the National Center for Social Research (EKKE), which operates with the object of conducting research and studies at national and local level, the expansion and promotion of networking between executives, structures , support services for discriminated groups, with an emphasis on the field of employment, as well as disseminating information on good practices against discrimination and organizing scientific events to improve and increase discrimination information and information.
Social impact and public policies in the fields of energy, industry, urban planning and internet infrastructure.
Strengthening targeted research through investigating the socio-economic impact of the country's development policy in the fields of energy, industry, urban development and internet infrastructure is the main goal of the Program. At the same time, the research focuses on the formulation of good practices and the formulation of proposals for the design and implementation of effective policies in the aforementioned fields based on domestic and international experience.