Instruction language in Estonian HE

One of the main priorities of Estonian higher education over the past decade has been internationalisation, which has increased the share of English-taught programmes (ETP) at Estonian universities. At the same time, given the small population of Estonia, it is of critical importance that teaching in Estonian language continues and prospers.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2018

Roles and Attitudes in Public Service

Values that characterise public service form the foundation for the ethical image of the entire country and thereby serve as reference points for the society as a whole. For this reason, a clearly defined set of values must be determined for public service, providing its common ethical anchor points, as well as concrete guidelines for acting in different situations. It is a recurring study, first conducted in 2005, with a goal to follow the trends in value attitudes and to map main ethical conflicts and problems that public service faces daily, but also to identify the expectations of public servants in prevention of those conflicts and problems.

Client:

The Estonian Ministry of Finance

Implementation period:

2017

Social Value as Supplementray Condition in Public Procurement

The main goal of public procurement is to purchase goods and services at the best possible price and this is how it should be. At the same time, public procurement can also have supplementary conditions and this aspect is not well known currently. If the contracting authority, faced with comparable tenders in tender evaluation, prefers the one that promises to hire also people with reduced work capacity or the long-term unemployed, then it will create additional social value in addition to the primary subject of the tender. This analysis focuses specifically on the feasibility of promoting the employment of risk groups through public procurements.

Client:

Government Office of Estonia

Implementation period:

2017

Cross-border Movement of Companies

In the EU, there is regulation for mergers of limited liability companies (Directive 2005/56/EC). Cross border transfer of registered office from or into Estonia so that the company continues its activities registered in the other country’s register is not possible. Also, cross-border divisions and cross-border mergers outside the scope of the directive are not possible. The purpose of this research is to identify the economic and legal problems arising from insufficient regulation of cross-border movement of companies from the perspective of practitioners and the Estonian business environment.

Client:

Government Office of Estonia, Ministry of Justice

Implementation period:

2016

Puidurafineerimistehase sotsiaal-majanduslike mõjude analüüs

Pikaajalise metsa- ja puidutööstuse kogemusega Eesti investorite grupp kaalub võimalust ehitada Eestisse tänapäevane puidurafineerimistehas. Uuringus hinnati erinevaid tehase rajamise ja käitamisega kaasnevaid sotsiaal-majanduslikke mõjusid nagu mõju sisemajanduse kogutoodangule, tööhõivele, maksutulule, transpordisektorile ning taastuvenergeetikale.

Client:

Est-For Invest

Implementation period:

2016-2017

Inclusive education of SEN students and the effectiveness of related support measures

Inclusive education has been defined as a leading principle for education in Estonia, but its implementation has been hampered by attitudes as well as the lack of knowledge and resources. Using document analysis, interviews with stakeholders, a survey of education professionals and analysis of registry data, we map the situation and give recommendations for policy.

Client:

The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2016

Analytical assessment of the method for calculating DRG reference price and price limits

The purpose of the research was to evaluate the statistical adjustment of the currently used method for calculating DRG reference price and price limits and to suggest improvements for the existing DRG price calculating method. Special emphasis was on DRGs with a small number of treatment cases and DRGs where the lowest price limit turns negative when using today’s cutting mechanism.

Client:

Estonain Health Insurance Fund

Implementation period:

2016

Expanding the tram tracks to the Airport of Tallinn

The quality of transport infrastructure between the city centre and its major transport hubs is very important. Tallinn has a plan to extend its tram network to the Tallinn Lennart Meri airport. The analysis focussed on the financial and socio-economic returns from this project, using the EU Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects as methodical cornerstone.

Client:

Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS

Implementation period:

2015

The impact of working conditions on the development of incapacity for work

The number of permanently incapacitated people in Estonia has increased significantly and has reached 10 per cent of the working-age population. Permanent loss of ability to work will result in a limited participation in work life, lower-paid jobs or a total exclusion from the job market. This will mean a lower income in addition to damaged health. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the links between temporary and permanent loss of ability to work, between the job environment and working conditions and the development of incapacity, and the risks involved in employing incapacitated people.

Client:

Ministry of Social Affairs

Implementation period:

2015

The impact of structural funds of 2007-2013 on the regional development of Estonia

During the last EU budgetary period, Estonia used three billion euros worth of structural funds, i.e. aid from the European Regional Development Fund, Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund. PRIA, the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board, received just over one billion euros of EU assistance funds for agricultural and rural development. This means approx 2300 euros worth of aid per person over a seven-year period. The biggest amount of structural aid per inhabitant went to Järva and Tartu counties, smallest amounts to Põlva and Jõgeva counties.

Client:

Ministry of Finance

Implementation period:

2015

ICT students’ employment during studies

The study focused on ICT students’ working during studies, using the secure multiparty computation software Sharemind on registry data.

Client:

Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Implementation period:

2013-2015

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