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In Eastern Europe, local governments are in an increasingly difficult position in regard to the provision of public services. Contracting out public services is a complex art of legal and practical craftmanship. New forms of partnerships, research and know how are devised by a range of actors promoting diversity and pluralism in policy evaluation and implementation.

IDEE has become a valuable partner and actor in providing information to public authorities, developing advocacy skills for local communities and represent their interests in relation with third parties. We have also provided expertise know-how, resources using the opportunities and provisions raised by the EU integration process and enhancing meanwhile the public policies decision making processes The recent past has shown that reform policy have been unsuccessful when they have failed to mobilise public opinion support or when they have produced unexpected and unmanaged side effects. Tomorrow's development challenges will require a continuous formation and information-sharing environment where active citizens will be able to master and manage collective efforts of reshaping their society and reassessing their needs.This is why we are keen on evaluating policies, identifying and adressing priority issues in the citizens agenda, creating and representing constituency based messages.


Future programs

În luna aprilie a acestui an, Idee a demarat un nou proiect, finantat de Phare si intitulat “Ce ai facut pentru familia ta astazi?”.
Proiectul îsi propune, pe de o parte, sensibilizarea opiniei publice cu privire la problematica violentei domestice, încurajarea comportamentului civic, încurajarea victimei si a martorilor unui act de violenta familiala în sensul solicitarii serviciilor specializate si identificarii posibilitatilor de actiune.
Un alt obiectiv îl constituie informarea victimelor, dar si a opiniei publice cu privire la drepturile persoanelor agresate în familie, la serviciile disponibile si la organizatiile care ofera aceste servicii.
Se intentioneaza crearea unui nivel minim de notorietate cu privire la problemele cu care se confrunta familia în România, la programele derulate de organizatiile guvernamentale si neguvernamentale în domeniul violentei domestice si la tendintele politicilor sociale pentru familie.
Grupul tinta al proiectului nu este constituit doar de victimele violentei domestice, ci si de “grupul de proximitate” al acesteia – rude, prieteni, vecini. De asemenea, o serie de activitati din cadrul proiectului vor avea ca grup tinta publicul larg si mass media.
În cadrul proiectului vor fi editate materiale informative si se vor derula campanii mediatice, la nivel national.

Islam: political cultural and symbolic power.
This project is designed to facilitate the public debate in Romania of various aspects of Muslim cultures and religion regarded from the perspective of the currents debates and evolution of the war against terrorism
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CIUC (Center for urban information for citizens) for Bucharest City: Program conception, 1998.

Making civil society work: This 6-month project consisted in an ample research designed to substantiate an up-to-date evaluation of the condition of civil society in Romania. It involved an analysis of most of the documents written about the Romanian civil society, including the Charity Know-How Fund and Mott Report, the IDEA Report on Civil Society, the White Paper of the Romanian Non Governmental Organizations Forums, the CSDF annual reports, the strategic assessments of the UNDP, EU, World Bank, Stability Pact, Romanian Government and Romanian Presidency Office for Relations with the Civil Society, fieldwork in 4 Romanian regions, in depth interviews with NGO prominent leaders, public officials and media actors involved in civil society. The research team was led by Andrei Stoiciu. The project was part of a larger, USD 30.000 regional project, carried out in partnership with the Carpathian Foundation and the Group for the Implementation of NGOs Forum Resolution. It was funded by USAID in cooperation with America's Development Foundation. Click here to download (zipped rtf file, 672 kb)

Listening to your voice in your street :Developed during an electoral period, the program had a huge success. The goal was to move the electoral debate from the media level to neighborhood level. IDEE launched a qualitative research, identifying 17 characteristic types of electorate. Creating an unconventional communication environment, IDEE gave all subjects the opportunity to "speak out" what they truly believe, without the constraints of some question/answers interviews. The outcome in terms of feed back was enormous, as over 8000 citizens expressed their view and some important trends that have been confirmed in the general elections day were noticed. These trends (for example: why and how many youths will vote for extremist parties) were hardly noticed in classic opinion polls. National mass media covered intensively the event, focusing on the will of public opinion to express their expectations.

Impact analysis of the Projects financed by the Swiss Agency for development and cooperation: This one-year project financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation was designed to assess the impact of the projects implemented so far in Romania under the Agency's programs. It consisted in field research, communication campaigns, direct contacts and evaluation strategies meant to bring closer the grantor and the grantee and to encourage the citizens' personal participation in development projects, but also their accountability.

Monitoring the Romanian media in view of assessing the reflection of the national minorities
A long-term research project used as data-base for various communication programs.

Global research project on growth: "Risk and opportunities for Romania" A two years research project focused on Central European comparative growth policies. The project is supported by World Bank with a total grant for IDEE of 20,000 in 2001 and is part of a regional evaluation program, regarding Central & Eastern European development. Three leading economist, members of IDEE and active at the University of Cluj are in charge with the research. In June 2001, a public debate involving MP's and key economists like Daniel Daianu was organised by IDEE and the first conclusions of the research were discussed. The outcome of the research will be published at the John Hopkins University Press in 2002.

Improving public policies evaluation procedures
This project consists in a vast research effort leading to an analysis of comparative performance increasing schemes in the public administration in Eastern Europe and is being carried out with the assistance of NISPAcee (The Network of institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe). The first stage consists in publishing a series of translations from internationally acknowledged publications in the field of public administration, edited by well-established institutions from the EU, with high expertise in reform and transition economies. The first book of this series, currently under translation, to be published in February 2002, is Managing Public Expenditure, A Reference Book for Transition Countries, edited under PHARE and the SIGMA joint programme of the EU and OECD. Other materials to be published in the series will also come from PUMA (OECD) and EIPA (the Netherlands). The project is financed by NISPACee, with the support of the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (affiliated with the Open Society Institute).

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