RESEARCH

Socio-economic research – with applied qualitative and quantitative methods – is one of our most important activities. Our strong background and analytical thinking offer our clients the possibility to gather well-performed analysis and key findings that target their demand.
Our most recently performed studies have been awarded by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and respectively focus on:

  • improving general knowledge about the latest developments in automation and robotics with a view to the human factor.
  • analyzing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Civil Society Organizations, to highlight their role and the benefits of their actions for European societies.

Our skilled and experienced team of professionals guarantee high-standard results spanning over multiple research fields and support our client fastly and efficiently.

CONSULTING

Our staff members have the proven track and knowledge to be considered experts in the frameworks of the European Research and Innovation funding, notably known as Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, as well urban and regional cooperation instruments such as INTERREG, URBACT and Urban Innovative Action initiative, among others.
We advise clients across Europe on how to design sustainable internationalization strategies and successfully apply for and manage EU grants and other types of public or philanthropic funding.
Our offer, that may vary case by case, usually includes a first phase of support in relation to the proposal preparation stage: after having assessed the strengths of your organisations, the innovativeness and solidity of the proposal concept as well as its fitting to your mission and strategic priorities, we facilitate the inclusion of your organization in a consortium and support you in the proposal writing and in the definition of the role and the budget.
In the event a lead partner is willing to coordinate an action, we deliver full technical, administrative and financial support from the idea conceptualization to the Grant Agreement preparation.
As second phase, in the event that the proposal is funded, we can support your organization in all the administrative tasks to be executed for signing the grant agreement with the funding institution.
We also offer our support to carry out the reporting activities with the European Commission, both financial (we perform an analysis of the documentation needed to claim the costs back, including the preparation of timesheets and getting things ready for audit checks) and technical.

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Stakeholder engagement is central for research and innovation to ensure that planned or funded actions are relevant and address key concerns for policy-makers, practitioners and the public. This engagement could involve eliciting needs, prioritising research and providing input into the acceptability of research methods and tools as well as measuring its societal return. Such input increases the success of interventions, for example, by providing contextual information that can either impede or facilitate implementation. Research is more likely to be embedded in policy and practice when it is planned and conducted in conjunction with stakeholders, leading to enhanced research impact. The creation and development of projects thus requires the active participation of entire communities and capacities to select and apply the most appropriate methods for consultation and engagement.

In this context, we offer and manage the entire engagement process either as a stand-alone service or as part of wider projects.

Our main services include:

  • identification and mapping of stakeholders;
  • design and implementation of strategies and plans for the activities of engagement, consultation, management and communication;
  • organization of meetings, workshops and focus groups;
  • dynamization of online communities, ecosystems and living labs;
  • Social and market research.

SUSTAINABLE EVENTS

In the field of project management, we provide our support to the creation and development of small and/or large-scale events. These services aim at the identification of the target audience and the coordination of the content-related, technical, and logistic aspects needed to prepare, deliver and assess the impact of the event.
The process of planning and coordinating the event includes activities such as preparation of budget, scheduling and site selection. We also support you with acquiring necessary permits, agenda setting, arranging for speakers and facility management such as audiovisual support and catering.
Our offer differs depending on the nature and on the effort required for planning & executing each event. We adhere to the UNDP “event greening” principles and work to involve sustainable development practices in all levels of event organization and the selection of partners and vendors with the aim to ensure that an event is hosted responsibly. Sustainability considerations lead to environmental improvements, financial advantages, creating a positive image for the event planners, and social benefits for the local community.