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Researchers and CSOs: welcome collaboration
25 maggio 2009



Welcome Collaboration 

The “World Café” discussion method fostered a communicative and relaxed atmosphere so that the participants expressed their concerns about a possible collaboration without engaging in a fight.

Discussing one specific question, the respective working methods, challenges and limitations became more evident and could be communicated more easily, thereby enhancing the respective counterpart’s understanding. That way, the distinctive characteristics of the research and NGO landscapes became more palpable and understandable.

The workshop showed a productive and pleasant way thus prospect of a similar dialogue some time in the future was welcomed by all participants.

Which fields of study did the NGOs indicate as important for the future?

The NGO representatives identified several topics that should be covered by research:

- Studies on women and non-employment, focussing on lost human capital

- The situation of immigrant women in violent relationships (dependencies, exit options, institutional mentoring and support)

- Economic cost of restricted health care services (especially in the fields of psychiatry and psychotherapy) for immigrants

- What do immigrants themselves say they need for successful integration (which framework conditions)?

- European countries in comparison: What effects do the different legal framework conditions have on immigrants (e.g. during the first phase after arrival, but also long-term effects on health)?

- Language and trauma

- Proportion of marriages/families that break up because of the reunification procedure. To what extent are those break-ups influenced by the precarious legal situation as regards residence and work permits?

Have any plans for collaboration between NGOs and researchers emerged?

The desire for a common networking platform became very clear during the workshop. The platform should be open for regular exchange and for NGOs to state open research questions. Such a platform, however, should not replace face-to-face communication, which might take place in the form of workshops.  

The workshop participants referred to the Graz-based “Wissenschaftsladen” (“science shop”, also with a Vienna branch) as a Best Practice example. The Wissenschaftsladen’s idea is to combine research and practice, and to convey scientific findings to groups and persons who themselves have no direct access. The Wissenschaftsladen team works on requests by doing research themselves, by arranging for and accompanying diploma and dissertation theses, or by initiating funded research projects. This way, research questions, topics and approaches can be developed in cooperation with NGOs, and then taken up by larger institutions.



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