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Research Activity

In the last years Censis has conducted more than 60 research projects annually for a variety of clients, for the private and for the public sector, at local, national and international level. The most important areas of interest of Censis activities include:

  • Education, school, university, life-long learning and training evaluation;
  • Labour market and organisation, underground economy, professions, representation bodies and associations;
  • Welfare policies, including pensions and social policy;
  • Health system, life-styles, socio-economic implications of biotechnologies and pharmaceutical;
  • Local development and economic processes, economic districts, entrepreneur strategies;
  • Logistics, transports and energy;
  • Territory, environment, territorial policies, real estate and local institutions;
  • Cultural policies and models, with special attention to family, children, young people, elderly, women and migrants;
  • Information and communication technologies, innovation processes and e-governement;
  • Mass-media and communication processes, campaign impact, dissemination of research results, social impact of policies;
  • Security, social impact of legal policies, deviance, irregular migrants flows, trafficking of human beings.

These research areas are supported by 3 staff services provided by horizontal working groups specialised in:

  • Data collection and analysis;
  • Press-office, public relations and publications;
  • International projects and European programmes.

Main mission of Censis from the point of view of the research strategies and hypothesis is to unveil and investigate deeply the basic issues of civil society, living conditions and demand, and to analyse and evaluate processes of policy-making, involvement of stake-holders, management of public policies, role of institutional bodies, enterprises, associations and families.

In that sense Censis research follows a model which is quite unique in the Italian context, half-way between an academic approach and a goal-oriented research style. This has allowed Censis to acquire, over the years, a special expertise in the field of societal and economic evolution of Italian and European society, with a broader interpretative framework, even in their most hidden and local forms. The long experience has also granted Censis with a wide and sophisticated methodological apparatus in his specific research areas of competence and with a particular interdisciplinary approach. Examples of this interdisciplinary approach are the following research an support activities:

  • Technical assistance, consulting, and operative support for decision makers in developing and draw up programmes, laws, and plans. (such as the "Professional Training Plan" for the Marche Region and the identification of areas at risk for economic and social emargination for the Italian Ministry of Labour).
  • Evaluation of public policy and socio-economic impact of programmes funded by the EU Structural Funds, (such as "Monitoring and Evaluation of the Star and Telematique Community Initiative Programmes", for the Ministry of the Budget, and the "Evaluation Service for the Multifund Operative Programme Objective 1" in 1994-1999 for the Region of Sardinia and Sicily and the "Evaluation service for European Social Fund Programme Object 3" in 2000-2006 for the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia).
  • Cooperation and development strategies in European and non-European countries, (such as "Analysis and strategies for the development of the transition of Central Slovakia", conducted for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or the "Development of the Technical Higher Education System in Lebanon" for the World Bank).
  • Research, consulting, and support actions for EU policies and activities, (as in the "Programme Against AIDS: ANASE" for DGV in 1996, in the "Child Immigration Project" for DGXII-TSER in 1998-2000, or in the STOP Programme for the fight against trafficking in human beings in 1997-2000).