What we do
BPI is capable to provide to our clients and partners professional political analyses connected with their individual needs. We offer our professional expertise to various types of institutions – from political and economic decision makers, to research institutions, corporate leaders, media, state and public administration.
BPI team has long-term experience in gathering and understanding data from all significant international and domestic statistical databases. We provide various types of evidence – based analysis, that are relevant to the individual needs of each client. We design our analysis and interpretations in such a way, that we can explore potential threats and trends, which are highly interesting for our clients. We also offer the analysis of mapping the trends in political environment in various types of political and societal sectors, including the potential threats of any decisions taken in these sectors.
Our team has a significant experience in social and social media research both in academia and in the private sector. We provide a social media research – qualitative and quantitative oriented – designed to individual needs of clients. BPI conducts research and secondary analyses of the attitudes and additional characteristics of public opinion, including their attitudes and values towards specific questions in relation to their ideological preferences, political orientations, prejudices or opinions on relevant societal, political, and economic topics.
Our team has long-years track of organising professional and public-awareness raising events, workshops, conferences, trainings, and practical seminars. We have organised various professional events in the past and we are focusing on the organisation of events specifically in the areas of our research, in order to be able to disseminate the results of our work as well as to create public awareness on the social problems. We offer to our partners and clients assistance in organising domestic and international events of various types.
Our main research fields and areas includes
- civil society
- democratic institutions
- political communication and online media research
- extremism and radicalism
- ethnicity, minorities and migration
- liberalism and illiberalism
- totalitarian regimes
BPI is a new, dynamic public policy-oriented institution that is working various projects with a prospect of expanding further. People involved in the work of BPI are however active in the public sphere for years. BPI members were involved in various types of projects, for the purpose of our presentation we mentioned only some of them:
1. Project funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (Dr. Viera Žúborová from her previous workplace) – Memory, Youth, Political Legay and Civic Engagement / the objective of the project laid down on explores how young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe – the outcomes of the project were various, but for the purpose of this project proposals we will mention some of them, as: Policy Briefs that draw out policy implication; National Policy Publication that are dealing with the main problems that are influencing the values, visions of youth in Europe; Awareness of active citizenship among young people at EU policy level; Countering political extremism through “better” understanding of their values, expectations, vision and behaviour.
2. ENRI-East – The Interplay of European, National and Regional Identities: Nations between states along the new eastern borders of the European Union is a research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program (Dr. Žúborová from her previous workplace). This international and inter-disciplinary study is aimed at a deeper understanding of the ways in which the modern European identities and regional cultures are formed and inter-communicated in the Eastern part of the European continent.
3. The Racialisation and Feminisation of Poverty in Central Europe. Quantitative study studying which groups are over-represented among poor people in Central and Eastern Europe. Research group proved that poverty racialized and feminized more than in the EU-15. (Dr. Michal Vašečka), project from 1998 organized by the University of California, USA.
4. Ethnopolitik in der Systemtransformation: Ethnische Migration und Repräsentation ethnischer Interessen im Verleich in Slowakei. The study is focused on understanding ethnic migration of minorities from countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It tackles under-reprezentation of minorities in decision making bodies within east-Europen societies. (Dr. Michal Vašečka), project from 2002-2003 organized by the Humboldt Universität.
5. Citizenship policies in EU-25. The study analyses citizenship policies in EU25 and brings unique view of various combinations of ius soli and ius sanguini principles shaping national approaches toward citizenship within EU-25. Project through recommendations how to coordinate citizenship policies aims on principles how to coordinate social security system within the EU. (Dr. Michal Vašečka), project from 2007 organized by the Austrian Academy of Science.
6. Evaluation of ESF support for enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities. The objective of the study from 2010 was to assess the European Social Fund’s support for enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities, to provide guidelines for the Member States on the implementation of ESF Operational Programs in the 2007-2013 programming period in order to target beneficiaries more effectively and to identify effective means of tackling barriers to the social and labor market integration of migrants and ethnic minorities.
7. Evaluation of the performance of public spending of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (MOLSAF) of the Slovak Republic. The work analyses areas of public spending that were untouched during process of budget consolidation undertaken by government of the Slovak republic, specifically social assistance transfers and programs specifically targeted at Roma communities. The Slovak Republic’s lagging performance in improving the welfare of its Roma minority relative to its neighbours provides additional motivation for scrutiny of spending and the performance of social assistance programs. Part of the task of Dr. Michal Vašečka has been also help to draft a new comprehensive Strategy of Roma inclusion of the government of the Slovak republic.
8. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, considering providing financing to the future Concessionaire who will be selected by the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction & Regional Development for the Slovak D4 Highway and R7 Expressway PPP Project, ordered to undertake a Rapid Social Survey and prepare a Land Acquisition & Resettlement Framework to meet the EBRD PR5: Land Acquisition, Involuntary Resettlement & Economic Displacement. The Project from 2015 involved assessment of social impacts of the construction of the highway on vulnerable groups and marginalized communities, to identify physically and economically displaced persons who would be eligible under PR5 requirements for compensations. Dr. Michal Vašečka worked on identification of vulnerable people and groups in the project context and he defined the mitigation measures needed in order to assure the successful implementation of the project.