What we do
Our team has significant experience in organising events, workshops, conferences, trainings and practical seminars. We organised several 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 the assistance in organising domestic and international events of various types or to offer consultations in the topics, that are in line with our expertise.
BPI is able 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, investors, corporate leaders, media, lobby organisation and public administration, including local governments and offices.
Evidence – based analysis
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.
Social (media) research
Our team has a significant experience in social and social media research both in academia and in the private sector. We can provide the social media research – qualitative and quantitative oriented – designed to the individual needs of the client.
Despite the fact, that this type of research is most common we can offer also other types of social research. As for example we are able to tackle down 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 or economic topics. We can also offer the analysis important to investors in particular sectors, which are related to opinions and practices in consumption.
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 several:
- 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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Practice of Minority Protection in Central Europe. Survey of the best practices of minority protection in Central Europe. The aim of the project has been to identify best practices of minority protection, while at the same time studying under which conditions such practices can function and under which circumstances the application of certain measures is not recommendable. This goal was reached by comparatively studying the real situation of autochthonous minorities in certain key areas, taking into consideration the respective social, cultural, historical, political and economic context. Project thus helps to enhance and improve social inclusion and streamlining of social policies in countries of Central Europe. (Dr. Michal Vašečka), project from 2009 organized by the Graz University, Austria.