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27 October 2011

Summary of year 2011 in TARKI

Warm seasons greetings from the TARKI Social Research Institute! This year was an exciting year for us and we have reason to believe that 2012 will bring much more.

Some notable accomplishments of TARKI in 2011 were the release of Child Well-Being in the European Union: Better Monitoring Instruments for Better Polices, which served as follow-up to an earlier work Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the European Union. The report includes an evaluation for individual countries as well as recommendations of instruments used for international benchmarking, target setting and policy intervention. TARKI is proud to be a first-mover in the development of this kind of report-card-type child well-being indicators system for EU member states. In October, TARKI released: The Slovak Minority in Hungary; a new TARKI report in the ENRI-EAST which has gotten over 130 reads since its launch in November on Scribd and Issuu. This summer TARKI released Managing Household Debt - Hungarian Country Report.

In 2011 we finished or reached the last sessions of such important projects like SHARE - The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, SSO - The European Observatory on the Social Situation - Network on Social Inclusion and Income Distribution, LLL - Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System.

In 2012, TARKI is looking forward to the launch of a new FP7 project: IMPROVE, Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation, lead by Antwerp University. We also plan to move forward with the launch of a large-scale Trans-Atlantic Child Well-Being Monitoring System with notable partners from the US. TARKI next year continues its work in several international projects:
• EUBORDERREGIONS - EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours, Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation,
• Concordia Discors - Understanding conflict and integration in European neighbourhoods,
• ANCIEN - Assessing Needs for Care In European Nations,
• GINI - Growing Inequalities' Impacts,
• SSO - The European Observatory on the Social Situation - Network on Social Inclusion and Income Distribution.

We look forward to some exciting collaborative projects in 2012!

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