Organization structure of the Profit Project Contract nr: CIT-CT-2004-506245
To provide an effective co-ordination and management for the full duration of the project, including the maintenance of a smooth communication between contractors as well as between the consortium and the European Commission, special bodies were established with respective activities attached to them at coordinator level and at national level.
At coordinator level following bodies are operating:
- Consortium, provided with strategic management competencies
- Coordinating Team (CT), constantly performing the overall scientific and operational direction of the project
- Management Team (MT), provided with management competencies between consortium meetings and thus enabling contractors an influence on and permanent monitoring of project progress
- Advisory Board (AB), to whom the project team will report once a year, will comment on project outcomes and progress.
Consortium is composed of Co-ordinator (CO), Deputy Coordinator (DC) (a person responsible for managing methodological problems. The position of vice – coordinator is distinguished to stress the decisive importance for project objectives achievement of methodological issues connected with conducting comparative international studies) and all Contractors (CRs)
Coordinating Team (CT) is comprised, apart from Coordinator (CO) and Deputy Coordinator (DC), of two contingents: scientific one (CTS) - composed of 5 academic researchers, who will perform the overall scientific direction of the project and operational one (CTO) performing functions connected with day-to-day running of the project. The operational contingent consist full-time Research Fellow, assisted by a part - time administrator and part-time secretary.
The PROFIT project consortium consists of eight legal institutions established in the Member States of EU (7 universities and 1 NGO). Countries were selected deliberately to enable legitimate generalization of findings. Also invited universities were sorted out purposely. They had to meet criteria important for achieving of project objectives aimed at improvement of policy making process, particularly at local level.
The first criterion
The first criterion was to be a ‘peripheral’ university in that they are ‘embedded’ in local social environment. Being involved in local processes and events these universities are simultaneously end-users of local social, educational, labour market and financial policies and independent evaluators of these policies.
The second criterion
The second criterion was to be involved in international research and teaching co-operation. All partners have a long lasting experience with international cooperation. Majority of them were involved in bilateral and multilateral scientific co-operation.
The third criterion
The third criterion was existence of social sciences departments which are complementary to other participating universities. Sociologists (Warzywoda-Kruszynska, Rokicka), social psychologists (Kutsar, Mellin), political scientists (Eissel), political economists (Leamon), social policy scholars (Del Re) and representatives of regional (Ignatova), European (Leamon) and education studies (Pukelis) are involved in the PROFIT. They have a long lasting experience in working together.
The PROFIT project partners are very well suited and committed to the tasks assigned to them and the complementarity between them is warranted. Participating institutions are equipped with human and material resources to deploy for the implementation of the project.