CESIS

Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social

Country: Portugal    |    Homepage: www.cesis.org


CESIS – Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social (Centre for Studies for Social Intervention) is a non-governmental, independent organisation of researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds concerned to promote evidence-based, policy-relevant research at both national and European level.

Among the areas of research and action-research that have secured a continuity of programmes and projects, the following are worth mentioning: Gender equality; Gender mainstreaming; Gender-based violence; Time use and work life balance; Labour and employment; Working conditions; Social dialogue; Poverty and social inclusion; Ageing and older people; Mobility, migration and cultural/ethnic minorities; Homeless people; Social enterprises; Children and youth from disadvantaged environments; Human rights; Social policies and social protection.

Counting with the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and evaluators, CESIS has an extensive experience, both in national and EU-funded projects. Some relevant examples, mainly related to gender equality and gender mainstreaming in scientific careers, at the European level include the following projects:

  • Evaluation of the Gender Impact of the European Commission’s Training & Mobility of Researchers’ (TMR) Schemes, funded by the European Commission.
  • Equal pay, career progression and the socio-legal valuation of care, in 2003-2005, also funded by the EC and focused on the career paths of scientists in different European countries.
  • FP7 project POCARIM – Mapping the Population, Careers, Mobilities and Impacts of Advanced Research Degree Graduates in the Social Sciences and Humanities.


CESIS also participated in various other EU funded programmes, in part of these covering monitoring and evaluation issues. This was the case of EQUAL, and in particular of the internal evaluation of the transnational partnership Pro(e)quality, of DAPHNE, and in particular of the European co-ordination of the partnership which developed and implemented the European Model for Outcome Evaluation of Domestic Violence Shelters, of Leonardo da Vinci, and of the internal evaluation of the European Outplacement Framework, a project aimed at the matching of unemployed persons and the labour market.

Additionally, CESIS has a rich experience in the evaluation of gender equality measures and gender-related projects and action plans, namely upon the request of national public bodies and mechanisms for gender equality such as the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality.

In parallel, CESIS has been involved at the national and local level in the elaboration of diagnoses of gender (in)equality, and in the development of gender equality action plans, both in private companies and public administrations.

CESIS’ expertise on gender equality and gender mainstreaming has deserved national and international recognition. Specific mention should be made to its close cooperation with the EIGE - European Institute for Gender Equality, namely within the Thematic Expert Network on Gender Mainstreaming.


Tasks
Leader of WP8 Evaluation


Core team

Heloisa Perista

Heloísa Perista, Senior Researcher. A trained sociologist, she holds her PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) and has over 25 years research experience. She has been assuming the role of Portuguese correspondent for the EIGE’s working group on indicators to monitor the Beijing Platform of Action and within the Thematic Expert Network on Gender Mainstreaming and for the Independent Expert Network for the Evaluation of the European Social Fund. Her current research interests include employment policies, gender violence, gender equality and gender mainstreaming. She has coordinated numerous research reports and evaluation studies on related issues and nationally or EU-funded programs. She has published various articles and books, at national and international level.

Isabel Baptista, Senior Researcher. Her main research interests are poverty and social exclusion, social policies and gender violence. She has been assuming the role of Portuguese correspondent for the European Observatory on Homelessness, and for the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN). She has coordinated several research projects both at the national and at the European level. She has produced numerous papers and research reports on social exclusion and on domestic violence, notably within the frame of EU-funded projects.

Pedro Perista

Pedro Perista, Researcher. His main areas of expertise include poverty, social exclusion and the evaluation of social policies. He has been assuming the role of Portuguese correspondent for the Independent Expert Network for the Evaluation of the European Social Fund and for the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion. He has published various articles in national international peer-reviewed journals, and participated to several evaluation studies for national and international agencies.

Eudelina Quintal

Eudelina Quintal, Research assistant. Currently, her main areas of work include the development and/or evaluation of gender action plans in municipalities and in companies; employment policies and health and safety at work in particular; and policy evaluation.

Pedro Perista

Contact:
Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social
Pedro Perista
email: pedro.perista@cesis.org