Social politics

Social quality and the changing relationship between work, care and welfare in Europe (WORKCARE) (2006-2009)

TÁRKI was the Hungarian partner of the WORKCARE project, supported by the Sixth EU Framework Programme. This project relied heavily on the results of the Household, Work and Flexibility project. The WORKCARE comparative research project explored the relationships between (at the macro level) structural changes on the labour market, demography, welfare and economic policies, and (at the micro level) changes in individual attitudes to work and care.

Households, Work and Flexibility (HWF) (2000-2003)

TÁRKI was a partner in the HWF (Households, Work and Flexibility) project, supported by the Fifth EU Framework Programme. Flexibility has long been a topic of debate in Western Europe, and this debate is now coming to the fore in the New European Countries (EU10) as well. In this comparative research, a representative sample survey of the following countries was used: the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania. The surveys were carried out in 2001 (N=11194).

EAL-NET (2005-2007)

TÁRKI was the Hungarian partner in the EAL-NET (EuroAlmaLaurea) project. Its goal was to demonstrate the economic sustainability and the viability of a new transnational eRecruitment service aimed at university graduates and businesses. The EAL system was based on a 'graduate record', which every university had already possessed for its own management and administrative purposes (personal data, student career, degree, other specialisations, etc.).


TÁRKI participated in a project entitled Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System (LLL 2010). This project aimed to identify the role of education systems in European countries in the implementation of the Lisbon strategy. The project focused on part the education system that makes lifelong learning a reality and on its role as a potential agency of social integration.

Higher Education as a Generator of Strategic Competences (HEGESCO) (2007-2008)

The Higher Education as a Generator of Strategic Competences (HEGESCO) project addressed two broad questions: (a) which competences do higher education graduates require in order to be better equipped for labour demand and active citizenship? and (b) how should higher education institutions develop these competences? 

Barriers to Roma Employment (UNDP, 2005)

TÁRKI was the UNDP's Hungarian partner for its 2005 project entitled Barriers to Employment Policy Analysis. This policy-oriented research set out to identify the existing barriers to employment facing Roma, and to suggest possible short- and medium-term steps to increase the employability of Roma, relative to other groups. The same research was carried out in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

World Internet Project (WIP) (2001-2004)

"The year 1989 witnessed two major developments of enormous historical significance. One was the collapse of Communism all over East-Europe, and the other was the birth of the World Wide Web" - wrote Pippa Norris (in 2001). The subsequent Information Revolution was the condition for and the result of the global world economy at the same time. Europe – both the older members of the EU and the newly accessed countries are integrated part of the globalized world village.

Horizontal ex-ante evaluation / National Development Plans (2007)

The National Development Agency (NDA) commissioned a consortium led by TÁRKI to prepare a horizontal evaluation of the effects of the priority axes and interventions defined in the Operational Programmes of the New Hungary Development Plan. The horizontal dimensions analyzed in the course of the evaluation are as follows: long-term economic development, long-term employment, public finances, disadvantaged social groups and social distribution. A separate executive summary belongs to the evaluation report.

"Millenium Development Goals" MDG Report for the UNDP

'I hope sincerely that the findings of this Report support and promote the preparation and implementation of National Action Plans on social inclusion. The process of preparing the Report has already focused the debate on specific development priorities and has helped in drawing up action points for policy reform, institutional change and resource allocation.' So wrote Dr Kinga Göncz (former state secretary at the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Family) on the Millennium Development Goals Report for Hungary, produced by TÁRKI for the UNDP.