Other research and professional projects

Principal investigator: Teo Matković, Ph.D.Project start: 01.02.2021.

Assessment of institutional and structural determinants of application for and success at State Matura exams

The project aims to identify whether there are systematic and persistent differences in students’ applications for and results at State Matura exams, that can be attributed to characteristics of high school, programme or place of residence, after controlling for differences in attendees’ school success achieved during compulsory elementary education. We hypothesize that there is significant variability in applications for and results at State Matura exams with regard to students’ regional affiliation, type of school, and educational programme, which cannot be explained by the structure of the student corpus (i.e. previous school success, sex structure and age). Nevertheless, the patterns can be different in particular counties, due to the structure of secondary education, economic development and the level of investment in education.

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Project Leader for ISRZ: Marita Grubišić-Čabo, MAProject start: 01.01.2020.

City for Youth – A model of certifying Croatian cities based on local policies

Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia initiated a programme of certifying Croatian cities in the domain of implementing local youth policies. An analysis of existing models of certifying cities across Europe was carried out by the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, at the request of the Association. The analysis included eight models from various countries, and served as a basis for creating the Croatian model. The Association of Cities established a working group for drafting the Croatian model, which gathers representatives of relevant organizations and institutions in the field.

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Principal leader: Marko Kovačić, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2022.

Development of a self-assessment tool to measure adolescent and youth participation in public life within a country

This project aims to develop a self-assessment tool/scale to profile and youth participation in public life within Croatia. This tool aims to help governments and other stakeholders understand the current level of youth participation in a country, identify strengths and obstacles, and help to design policy solutions to address them. The project will define a conceptual framework, propose a methodology for developing, testing/refining, and rolling out the tool. The methodology includes how young people will participate in its design, development and implementation, including creative ways to engage young people beyond the typical roles (for example, not just as data providers, but also data collectors for indicators, etc.) at all levels. A secondary aim of this tool is to encourage the government to work more closely with young people to understand the state of youth participation in a country.

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Principal investigator: Jelena Zlatar Gamberožić, Ph.D.Project start: 01.04.2022.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism: Examples of selected mid-Dalmatian islands of Hvar and Brač

Besides many tourism strategies, nowaday development of tourism on Adriatic islands is increasingly oriented towards sustainable tourism (Dodds, 2007; Farsari et al., 2007; Wiles Howard, 2001) and ecotourism, which is mentioned as the most important aim in the Islands Act (OG Nos. 116/18, 73/20). In that respect it is necessary to achieve a balance between all dimensions of sustainability - ecological, economic, social and cultural (Throsby, 2008; O'Toole, Wallis and Mitchell, 2006), because failing to emphasise any one of them often brings a distortion in others, eventually leading to a disbalance in the sustainability of space in general, and therefore of islands as well.

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Project leader for Croatia from ISRZ: Branko Ančić, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2005.

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

ISSP is an on-going programme of cross-national research that covers a range of topics important within the social sciences. Its members are survey organizations from around the world, many of whom are affiliated with academic institutions, each representing one nation. Since 2005 Croatia has been represented by Institute for Social Research in Zagreb.

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