Policy frames and implementation problems:
The case of gender mainstreeming
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National Center for Social Research / Greece

Research Team:

Maria Pantelidou Maloutas
Research and Project Manager
Andromachi Hadjiyanni
Senior Researcher
Fray Kamoutsi
Senior Researcher
Laura Maratou-Alipranti
Senior Researcher
Maria Thanapoulou
Senior Researcher
Joanna Tsiganou
Senior Researcher
Maria Filiopoulou
Junior Researcher
Manos Papazoglou
Junior Researcher
Evelyn Tsanira
Junior Researcher

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The National Center for Social Research (EKKE) is the successor of the Centre of Social Studies (founded in 1959). EKKE is a legal public entity, with its headquarters in Athens, and is supervised by the Ministry of Development (GSRT). It is the most significant public agency in the field of social research.

The objectives of EKKE are the systematic study of Greece's social-economic reality and the drawing of comparisons with other countries for the formulation and development of social policy. The Center pursues fertile contact between its researchers and the scientific community in its entirety. The Center's research staff is composed of scientists from a broad range of specialties and fields of expertise: sociologists, anthropologists, civil scientists, economists, demographers, criminologists, statisticians, historians etc. The administration and scientific staff, with the support of a fully equipped computer center, monitor and continually assess to assure that the quality of the work produced is of the highest calibre.

The long term goal of EKKE is the assessment of social needs and priorities in order to design development policy in key sectors of Greek society. Imperative is the need for the deployment of cutting edge technology and innovative techniques. These are an integral part of the developmental process and a sine qua non when dealing with contemporary social problems. Today EKKE today performs a new role for social research: That of researching the social and financial dimensions of development and their connection to the formulation of development policy. For the materialization of this strategy it recognizes the need for interdisciplinary research, project development, and the need for the collaboration and networking of research agencies.

Within this framework, the Center's scientific community recognizes that the necessary mechanism must be in place to assure that scientific research be ongoing. These mechanisms must at the same time provide for the development of the necessary methodology and tools to conduct ongoing documentation and assessment of the country's social reality and its consequences for the production processes. Research must also document that which is associated with serious structural problems.

EKKE contributes in forming a strategy which:

  • Treats social research as a high priority sector, with a multiplying effect on the productive structure of Greek society
  • Responds in a comprehensive fashion to the entire range of basic issues, thus making imperative the Center's incorporation into an integrated network with
  • existing and proposed agencies
  • Creates conditions for developing and maintaining information networks and observatories, necessary for policy formulation
  • Links research with policy formulation and materialization

EKKE has developed significant editing activity aiming in publishing books, mostly from research deed deductions. On the other hand, it publishes other scientific papers like conventions records, monographs, Working Papers, etc. Supervision of Social Researches has a key role in publishing activity, its publication contributes in scientific research production, in prolific doubting and in forming theoretical approaches.

Research activity prioritizes the following subjects:

  • Family, Sex and Labor
  • Family Agriculture, Agricultural Restructuring and Occupation
  • Social Welfare and Care (family, children, the elderly, people with special needs etc.)
  • Women's Issues
  • Demography and Low Birthrate
  • Family and Social Policy
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