Network of Education Policy Centers
Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is an international non-governmental membership organization of education policy centers. The NEPC mission is to strengthen local and regional expertise for promoting participatory and evidence–based education policies and to advocate for open society values in education internationally. NEPC is devoted to promoting democratization and inclusiveness in education, as well as education for sustainability.
NEPC, founded in 2006 as a formal international network of education policy centers, was actually born long before the organization became official. It began as an informal group of enthusiasts from different countries whose educational departments had formerly partnered with the Open Society Institute. NEPC was born from this informal group of people sharing common values who jointly came up with the idea of establishing an education policy network grounded in the belief that educational change is the key to societal change and a better future. The network has evolved through a number of development phases that encompass processes of reflection, debate, communication, action, success and sometimes failure.
The ISRZ, or more precisely its sub-unit the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) has been a member of the NEPC since its inception, and has participated in a number of its projects and periodic activities, as well as provided expertise in several joint endeavours.
European Sociological Association
Since the beginning of 2015, the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb has been admitted to the European Sociological Association. This prestigious organization brings together institutions and individuals who are dealing with sociological topics in their work, and promotes the profession by encouraging an international exchange of ideas. Europe today is in the midst of massive changes and therefore sociology has much to contribute to European level debates and developments. The ESA has an important role to play in organising the European debate and setting the agenda.
The European Sociological Association was founded in 1992 and currently has over 2000 members. It has developed into a platform for discussion and promotion of sociology. The ESA activities include organizing conferences and workshops for young researchers, publishing activities in sociology and providing a tool for networking with international partners on collaborative projects.
For more about the organization, visit the official website of the European Sociological Association – http://www.europeansociology.org/.
European Educational Research Association
ISRZ, or more precisely, its sub-unit Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD), as one of the founders of the Croatian Educational Research Association, became a member of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) in September, 2015. EERA was founded in 1994, and today EERA membership is made up of more than 30 national and regional Educational Research Associations from all parts of Europe. The mission of EERA is to encourage collaboration amongst educational researchers in Europe, to promote communication between educational researchers and international governmental organisations such as the EU, Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO, to improve communication amongst educational research associations and institutes within Europe and to disseminate the findings of educational research and highlight their contribution to policy and practice.
EERA membership provides stronger visibility of national associations such as the Croatian Educational Research Association (CERA) in the international research area and contributes to the development of partnerships and networking with colleagues and institutions from other European countries.
More information about EERA can be found at: http://www.eera-ecer.de/.