³Think-tank business in Estonia´ for ThinkEstonia´ Ukraine delegation of young scientists

Tartu January 27, 2010 Ain Aaviksoo, Laura Kirss

ThinkThink-tanks in Estonia ‡ Praxis Centre for Policy Studies ‡ International Center for Defense Studes ‡ Foreign Policy Institute ‡ Open Society Institute ‡ Free Society Institute .

. what¶s the difference? difference? Goodman J.. What is a think-tank? Dec 2005 Consultancy company Think tank Academic Research Centre Advocacy Group .4 organisations .


is a private not-for-profit. to which the expertise is applied to.tank in Estonia founded in June 8. but also involves the setting of right goals.....PRAXIS . . Such a knowledge is important for all kinds of endeavors..originates from the social thought of Ancient Greece and signifies a practical kind of knowledge that not only consists of expertise and capacity.. but particularly for good governance . non-partisan public policy think. 2000 .

± annual turnover appr. OSI & other NGO grants (20%).Praxis (cont¶d) cont¶d) ± Private non. international research grants (30%). non-partisan public policy thinktank in Estonia founded in June 8. EUR 600 000 (2008) . 2000 ± Supervisory Board (4 members) ± Executive Board (of Directors) ± Advisory Board ± 20 employees (17 FTE) + ~30 external experts ± Funded from public sector (50%).profit.

Our mission« «.is to improve public policy in Estonia ‡ by identifying crucial public policy problems in society ‡ carrying out innovative and high quality policy analyses ‡ building policy making capacity within public sector institutions ‡ fostering public debate and civic participation. .

Outcomes of our activity ‡ Strategic studies & analysis ‡ Development of expertise ‡ Engagement of public / stakeholders into participatory democracy .

Tiits. H. L.Kattel The Analyses of the Sustainability of Estonian Healthcare Financing by A. T. 12 .Annus et al Young. 2) 2) Evaluataion of Government Policy Program for Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases between 1997-2001 by R.Jürgenson.Matteus et al. T.Kalvet Educational Inequality in Estonia during 19592000: Average Time of Studies and Educational Gini Index by A. Evaluation 2. Problem Definition/ Agenda Setting 3) 4) 6. E.Huik 3. Policy Design 1) General Education Schools Network in Estonia by T.Paulus Patient Mobility in EU (FP6 project) by Ruta Kruuda ja Maris Jesse 2004-2007 3) 1. R.Võrk et al 2) 5. Constructing the Policy Alternatives/ Policy Formulation 1) Business Support Measures in Estonian National Budget Strategy for 2007-2013 by A.PRAXIS projects in the Policy Cycle 1) 1) Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies in Estonia by R.Võrk et al Overview of Implementation of SAPARD Program in Estonia by D. Policy Implementation and Monitoring 1) Monitoring the Administrative Burden on Enterpreneurs: Focus on Data Collection by the Estonian Statistics Office and Estonian Tax and Customs Board by A. Writing Effective Public Policy Papers OSI/LGI. and Quinn.Jürgenson.Leetmaa et al Impact of parental benefits on female labour force participation and fertility behaviour by A.Kruuda. R.Kattel. et al Knowledge-Based Economy and Economic Development in Estonia by M.Kalvet. Choice of Solution/ Selection of Preferred Policy Option 4.

Relations to the Government: analysed on the cooperation/evidence axes (concept developed by Lisa Quinn and Eoin Young (LGI) for analyses of advocacy activities) Evidence/ science based Advising Campaigning Recent PRAXIS Cooperative/ Inside Track Early PRAXIS Current PRAXIS Confrontational/ Confrontational/ Outside Track Lobbying Interest/value based Activity .

Policy areas ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Labor and Social Policy Innovation & Economic Development Education Health Public Policy & Governance Civil Society Under development ‡ Public finance (tax policies) .

European Employment Observatory. .Labour and Social Policy Main research areas ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Monitoring labour market trends and developments in social and employment policies Evaluation of the impact / efficiency of labour and social policies Tax/benefit systems and work incentives Family and work reconciliation. EC Network of experts on employment and gender equality issues. impact of family policies Industrial relations and social partners Poverty reduction Labour migration Ongoing projects ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Flexicurity in Estonia Social Expenditure Model (SEM) Family friendliness of Estonian entreprises Tax-Benefit Microsimulation Model National experts in several intarnational NETWORKS: ‡ European Foundation.

Innovation and economic development Most important finished projects: Digital Divide in Estonia (2004 & 2008) Open Innovation Policy Assessment Framework Evaluation of Business Support measures in Estonia Strategic Development Concept of Transnational Cooperation in the Field of Innovation Pormotion in the Via Baltica Nordic Macro-Region Ongoing projects: Evaluation of Structural Funds Operational Programmes in Estonia (entrepreneurship and innovation measures) Estonian ICT sector and its export potential Effectiveness of public services (eState) in Estonia European Sectoral Innovation Watch (Europe INNOVA) .

Health Policy ‡ Most important completed projects ± Pan-European study on patient mobility in EU ± Assessment of hospital reforms in Estonia and Bulgaria ± Relationship between health and economic development ± Study on financial sustainability of Estonian health care system ± Evaluation of national public health programmes Most important ongoing projects ± Health and Wellness Services Export Foresight ± Pan-European study on services for aeging population (ANCIEN) ± European study on benchmarking hospital costs (EuroDRG) ± Impact assessment of national e-health network ± Healthcare services demand forecast and costs-benefit analysis of hospital investments ± Evaluation of national public health (screening) programmes ‡ .

training stakeholders¶ analytic capacity and enhancing the quality of stakeholder consultation.Governance and Civil Society ‡ Recent research topics include: ± ± ± ± strategic role of civil society. application of Good Engagement Practices. ± developing regulatory impact assessment. ‡ Most important completed projects: ± State financing of civic organizations in 2006-2007 ± Parliamentary seminar on foreign aid policy ± Good Practice of Engagement and Participation ‡ Most important ongoing projects: ± Contracting for public service providers from the third sector ± Developing dialogue between citizens and policymakers . fiscal and legal environment for non-governmental organizations.

Education Policy ‡ Major focus areas of previous projects: ± ± ± ± ± School network planning Links between education and labor market School dropout Educational integration Quality in education ‡ Current projects: ± Equity and access in higher education ± Separate schooling and minority education ± Private tutoring .

UNAIDS.) ‡ Estonian public sector ± Ministries and their agencies ± State Audit Office. WHO. Estonian Bank ± The Parliament ± Public-legal entities (Health Ins Fund etc) ± Local governments ± ± ± ± ± ± ‡ Estonian other sectors ± Open Estonia Foundation ± Universities ± Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations & other umbrella NGOs ± Estonian Chamber of Commerce ‡ International organisations European Commission Open SOciety Institute UN agencies (WB. UNDP) IFIs (ECDB..Main partners (so far . USAID) Foreign embassies International research and public policy thinktank networks ..

International reach ‡ 30% of revenues from abroad (EU Framework Programmes for Research) ‡ All programmes participate in international research projects ‡ All leading experts are internationally acknowledged in their field ‡ Forward strategy for Praxis is to increase its international scope .

kirss@praxis.aaviksoo@praxis.ee .praxis.ee Ms Annika Uudelepp Member of Executive Board annika.Contact Mr Ain Aaviksoo Member of Executive Board Ain.uudelepp@praxis.ee www.ee Laura Kirss Education Policy Analyst Laura.

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