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Head of the Centre:
PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D.
The idea of creating the Centre for
Empirical Research emerged in spring 2013; the Centre was officially
established on August 1, 2013, as a pendant of the existing institutes.
It is directed by PhDr. Dušan Janák, PhD. The Centre for Empirical
Research (Centrum empirických výzkumů, CEV) systemizes and coordinates
activities of the faculty in the area of applied research and public
orders. Within the faculty, CEV provides three types of mutually
interconnected activities. The priority consists in own research in the
area of applied research and methodology of social sciences. The second
area consists in provision of methodological supervision for empirical
research to institutes, i.e. in assistance in proposing methodology,
creating projects and organizing empirical research. The third area
consists in teaching of methodological subjects for all faculty branches
and in creation of the necessary standards for qualification works of
students using empirical research.
Although only a short time has elapsed
from the creation of CEV, it has made the first steps to fulfil the
program, particularly in the area of applied research. The Centre has
finished the public order of the Agency for Social Integration of the
Cabinet Office of the Czech Republic called “Situational analysis of
socio-economic development of the Osoblaha Region”; in cooperation with
the Institute of Central European Studies, it is involved in qualitative
research of political elites in the Euroregion Silesia Project, and
provides for empirical research for TA ČR Project acquired by the
Institute of Public Administration and Regional Policy. At present, the
Centre for Empirical Research is working at the GAČR
historical-sociological grant: “Industrial workers in Czech countries in
1938-1948” that should last until 2017.
CEV was involved in the research
project of the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Care, “Micro-business
in social services”, together with the Business University in Ostrava,
in 2011, or in the surveys of citizen satisfaction, “Opava as seen by
its inhabitants 2012” and “Opava as seen by its inhabitants 2014”, for
the Municipal Authority of the City of Opava. In 2014, the Centre for
Empirical Research cooperated in creatin of the “Strategy of
municipal-directed local development of Krnov Region” for the program
period of 2014-2020 for the Development of Krnov Region MAS.
The students of the Faculty of Public
Policies have been and will be involved in all above stated projects.
The Centre has the ambition to involve the students systematically in
research, as there is nothing better for acquisition of
application-focused knowledge and skills than reflection of own