ISIE has commenced two new projects in the summer of 2017:

1. “Setting up Criteria for Quality in Social Sciences to Prevent Brain Drain in the Republic of Macedonia”

(2017-2018), Swiss Development Cooperation, Civica Mobilitas Program,

In partnership with – Fondation suisse pour la recherche en sciences sociales, Lausanne, ISIE will analyze how quality criteria in social science (or their lack of) affect brain drain in Macedonia. Through conducting a survey with social scientists, organization of young scientists training, expert roundtable as well as preparation of policy study we will be working to tackle this serious issue in the period 2017 -2018.

2. ”Transparent Skopje: Action for Setting-up Open and Accessible Databases to Support Reform and Public Interest Protection in Skopje Region”

(2017) IPA Civil Society Facility, implemented by Center for Civic Communications

Within the CCC project “Investigative Reporting to Boost Reforms (2016-2018)”, ISIE has received funding to introduce open data bases to fortify media activities and create resources for investigative journalism and their own further actions and public provided with better and more substantial information to make informed decisions. ISIE will be working on development of a database that will include information on quality of living, health, social insurance, employment etc.

The aim of the project is to increase quality and credibility of investigative journalism by improving journalists’ skills, capacities, tools and information for in-depth and fact-based reports and to build operational and efficient partnerships between CSOs and the media to provide greater availability of information based on thorough and replicable investigative journalism.

This project is funded by the European Union.