Social Changes, Evaluations and Methods (MUSA)
The research activity of MUSA (Social Transformations, Valuation and Methods) focuses on social changes, particularly on those concerning the behaviours and attitudes of youth, but also on the evaluation of social policies and applied social research methodologies. Specifically, MUSA conducts:
- • Analysis of social changes closely related to the trends which are relevant within youth’s population.
This activity was launched in 2014 along with GAP project and now constitutes an innovative thread for a range of socio-psychological studies which have grounded on the institute’s solid experience about population surveys. Its main themes are social interaction, being it formal or informal, horizontal or vertical, direct or virtual; but also, lifestyles and wellbeing, as well as deviance, high-risk consumption and dependencies (bullying, cyberbullying, drugs, alcohol, internet, etc.); finally, also self-esteem, empathy, social values and social conditioning (stereotypes and social prejudices) are strongly considered in the analysis.
- • Evaluation of public policies and social intervention measures
The target of this branch of the analysis is to assess the underlying aspects of innovation within social policies and intervention, whilst conducting an evaluation of the effects that those interventions have in a matter of social, educational and training terms, but also delving into the field of care and welfare, in correlation to specific variables. Research, consultancy and training are also provided in the field of educational and social services.
- • Study, application and development of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for social research
Research methodologies both on consolidated and innovative grounds are central in this specific activity. Among these methodologies, we can find univariate, bivariate and multivariate (factorial and classification techniques) quantitative analysis methods, as well as qualitative methods like SWOT and PEST analysis, content analysis, focus groups, in-depth interviews and scenario planning methods which are suitable to the forecast of future scenarios (Delphi MIX of CNR-Irpps).
- • Training
As a cross-cutting activity, training relates to all the above-listed activities and embeds in its scope all kinds of university high-level trainings, such as: Methodologies in the Social Sciences (Tintori), other various teachings linked to Sociology of Welfare (Accorinti), Statistics (Cerbara), Sociology of Work (Pugliese). Furthermore, a supporting role to this main activities lies in guidance and training of teachers, operators and professionals, as well as awareness raising and dissemination-oriented events which have a clear scope in reaching out to the wider audience and are conceived through innovative formats (LIGHT; Inv.Factor, Mentimeter).
- Key words: : Social attitudes, social behaviours, policy evaluation, research methodologies, training
- Participants:Marco Accorinti, Stefano Boffo, Maria Girolama Caruso, Loredana Cerbara, Massimo Crescimbene, Stefano degli Uberti, Francesco Gagliardi, Federica La Longa, Katia Marchesano, Francesca Mele, Rossella Palomba, Enrico Pugliese, Antonio Tintori, Giulia Ciancimino.