eeagrants VÚPSV-rilsa

Creating a system for quantitative
data collection to evaluate the situation
of Roma in Czech society

Project

Creating a system for quantitative data collection to evaluate the situation of Roma in Czech society responds to the absence of valid ethnic data about the socio-economic situation of the Romani minority. Given that the collection of ethnically sensitive data is also associated with a range of ethical, methodological and legislative constraints, as well as insufficient legitimacy, the decision to collect such data has been postponed repeatedly. The absence of such data represents a long-term problem with respect to Czech integration policy aimed at the Roma minority, constituting the main reason for the difficulties associated with evaluation of fulfilment of its various objectives.

The project activities are designed to mitigate and overcome the above-mentioned pitfalls and constraints and find a constructive solution.

The project is supported by a Grant from the peoples of Norway within via EEA and Norway Grants 2014–202 (www.norskefondy.cz / www.eeagrants.org). It is a pre-defined project of strategic importance at the national level, and the objectives have been discussed with and approved by key actors of the Norway Grants implementation structure, i.e. the Financial Mechanisms Office and the Programme Operator. The main expert institutions of public administration were asked to implement it.

Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, a public research institution, is the project promoter and is responsible for all its activities.

The period of realization: January 2020 until April 2024.

Key binding activities and main project outcomes:

■ to conduct two surveys focused on the (generally defined) Roma minority, maintaining a minimum time distance of two years

■ and to create a methodology for collecting data about the socio-economic situation of the Roma minority at the national level in order to evaluate its changes over time.

Activities

The project activities will be conducted in Prague, Brno and settlements throughout the Czech Republic, where data are to be collected through key qualitative and quantitative surveys.

Expert activities

1. The work of the Project Board

The board will meet regularly for the entire duration of the project (approximately twice a year). It consists of members of public administration institutions and regional or local governments, whose work may be impacted by the collection of ethnic data, as well as representatives of academic and research institutions. The international level is represented by a member of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The purpose of the Project Board is to partake in the project goals, content and the key activities to be carried out together with the project realization team.

2. The work of the Expert Platform

The platform is comprised of representatives of the above-mentioned institutions, as well as researchers on minority issues, social exclusion, inequality or discrimination, social care providers, NGOs and the FRA representative. It offers space for expert discussion by key project actors. During the first year, the platform will participate in the formulation of the research design (the purpose, collection and structure of ethnic data). In the final phase, its role is to adopt a statement concerning the resulting methodology.

3. Collection and analysis of data about the territorial distribution of the target population

Collection and analysis of data about the territorial distribution of the target population consists of obtaining data about the territorial distribution of the target population from the last Census, among other sources, and analysing the collected data. These data are the main prerequisite for conducting surveys. The activity is planned for the first year of the project, even if data may be updated later.

4. Conducting two surveys

Two surveys will be conducted, focused on the target population of Romani community members. Each survey includes: a (theoretical) construction of the sample, establishment of indicators and variables to be followed, preparation of data collection tool (questionnaire), recruitment of respondents, data collection, data analysis and the creation of an analytical report. The data collection will be carried out by an external subject chosen by public tender in cooperation with the project team. The first data collection period is planned for the second half of 2021, and the subsequent one for 2023. The first results will be available approximately 9 months after data collection.

5. Research into practice and support of ethnic data collection

This research aims to obtain empirical evidence about the actual situation concerning the collection and publication of ethnic data about the Romani minority, focusing on the practice of actors that work with this agenda. The activity will operate in the first three years of the project.

6. Production of methodology for ethnic data collection

All activities will result in producing a methodology, which should determine the purpose of ethnic data collection and identify the target population, a set of indicators and variables, methods of data collection and analysis procedures. The methodology can be used to replicate ethnic data collection, organized at the national level.

Publication activities

7/2020

Launching of the project website

10/2020

Festive project opening

Project outputs

To be published.

Other sources

Analýza vhodných přístupů k určování etnické příslušnosti osob a sběru etnicky senzitivních dat v prostředí ČR
[Analysis of suitable approaches to the determination of ethnicity and collecting ethnically sensitive data in the Czech Republic – in Czech]

Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey

People

Project realization team

Mgr. Ivana Šimíková

has worked as a longstanding researcher at the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs. She has participated in many applied research studies in the area of evaluating integration and social inclusion policies. She has been the principal investigator in several projects focusing on evaluation of social programmes targeted on Roma ethnic group, describing the situation in excluded localities or methodological drawbacks of capturing inequality based on ethnicity. She has a long-term experience with field data collection in socially excluded localities or in Roma ethnic groups, as well as experience from with social services operating in this milieu.

She has co-authored the following publications:

Analýza vhodných přístupů k určování etnické příslušnosti osob a sběru etnicky senzitivních dat v prostředí ČR
[Analysis of suitable approaches to the determination of ethnicity and collecting ethnically sensitive data in the Czech Republic]

(co-authors: Matouš Jelínek, Lucie Obrovská). Praha: VÚPSV, v. v. i., 2019.
Metodika systému monitorování a evaluace dotačních programů ÚV ČR zaměřených na integraci romské menšiny
[Methodology for monitoring and evaluation of the grant programs of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic focused on the integration of the Roma minority]
(co-authors: Robert Trbola, Jiří Vyhlídal); methodology certified by MPSV ČR, 2018.
Situační analýza v lokalitě Odry [Situational Analysis in Odry locality]
(co-author: Robert Trbola). Agentura pro sociální začleňování, 2013.
Hodnocení Vládního programu podpory terénní sociální práce v sociálně vyloučených romských komunitách
[Evaluation of the governmental support program for the filed social work within social excluded Roma communities - (values and facts)]
(co-author: Jiří Winkler). Praha: VÚPSV, 2005.

She is the main project author and investigator, taking part in all its activities.

Mgr. Laura Fónadová, Ph.D.

is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Economy at the Faculty of Economy and Administration of Masaryk university. Among her main research interests is inequality, mainly ethnic inequality in education, and the institutional level of inequality related to the Roma ethnic group.

She has authored or co-authored the following publications:

Nenechali se vyloučit. Sociální vzestupy Romů v české společnosti [They Would Not be Excluded: Upward Social Mobility Pathways of the Roma in Czech Society] (qualitative study). 1. ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014.
Etnická homogamie na Slovensku v letech 1992 až 2012 [Ethnic Homogamy in Slovakia between 1992 and 2012] (co-author: Tomáš Katrňák). Sociologický časopis, Praha: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, 2016.
Etnická diferenciace základních škol: příklad města Brna [Ethnic differentiation of Czech primary schools: the case of Brno] (co-author: Tomáš Katrňák). Fórum sociální politiky, Praha: VÚPSV, v. v. i., 2019, Vol. 13, No.: 3, pp. 2-8.
The Czech Republic: From Ethnic Discrimination to Social Inclusion in the Educational System (co-authors: Tomáš Katrňák, Natalie Simonová). In Peter A. J. Stevens, A. Gary Dworkin. The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education. 2nd edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

She is primarily responsible for creating the conceptualization and the research design for the project surveys.

Mgr. et Mgr. Matouš Jelínek, M.Phil.

is a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. His research interests are related to ethnicity, mainly to the issues of ethnic identification and the mutual influence of ethnicity, gender and class in the context of social inequality and marginalization in low-threshold social services. He focuses on these topics in relation to Roma population. As a social worker, he worked with Roma children and youth. He has participated in several ethnographic research studies and has co-authored the following publications:

Analýza vhodných přístupů k určování etnické příslušnosti osob a sběru etnicky senzitivních dat v prostředí ČR [Analysis of suitable approaches to the determination of ethnicity and collecting ethnically sensitive data in the Czech Republic] (co-authors: Ivana Šimíková, Lucie Obrovská). Praha: VÚPSV, v. v. i., 2019.
Constructing professional services: For-profit care and domestic work agencies in the Czech Republic, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 70, 2018 (co-author: Adéla Souralová).
Péče na prodej: jak se z péče z lásky stává placenou službou [Care for Sale : How Labours of Love Turn into Paid Service] (co-authors: Adéla Souralová at al.). Brno: Munipress, 2017.

In the project, he is primarily responsible for the methodology of qualitative surveys and analyses.

prof. PhDr. Tomáš Katrňák, Ph.D.

is a professor of sociology and the head of the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. His research interests include social stratification, educational and ethnic inequalities, and methodology of quantitative data collection and analysis. He is the main methodologist of the project, responsible for the quantitative survey and data analysis. He has been the principal investigator in several research projects, among which the project establishing a Czech household panel between 2014 and 2018 is notable. He has published in the Czech Sociological Review, and international journals Sociológia, International Sociology, Sociological Theory and Methods, European Sociological Review and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

He has authored or co-authored the following books, published in Czech:

Na vzdělání záleží: Jak vzdělanostní rozdíly ovlivňují osudy lidí v české společnosti [Education matters: How educational differences affect individuals' lives] (co-edited together with Dana Hamplová). Brno: CDK, 2018.
Návrat k sociálnímu původu: vývoj sociální stratifikace v české společnosti v letech 1989 až 2009 [Back to Social Origin: The Trends in Social Stratification of Czech Society between 1989 and 2009] (co-author: Petr Fučík). Brno: CDK, 2010.
Na prahu dospělosti: Partnerství, sex a životní představy mladých v současné české společnosti [At the Edge of Adulthood: Relationships, Sex and Life Notions of Youth in Contemporary Czech Society] (co-authors: Zdeňka Lechnerová, Petr Pakosta a Petr Fučík). Praha: Dokořán & MUNI, 2010.
Spřízněni volbou? Homogamie a heterogamie manželských párů v České republice [Elective Affinities? Homogamy and Heterogamy of Wedded Pairs in the Czech Republic]. Praha: Slon, 2008.
Třídní analýza a sociální mobilita [Class Analysis and Social Mobility]. Praha: Slon, 2005.
Odsouzeni k manuální práci: vzdělanostní reprodukce v dělnické rodině [Destined for Manual Job: Educational Reproduction in Working Class Family]. Praha: Slon, 2004.

Ing. Miroslava Rákoczyová, Ph.D.

is a researcher at the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, research centre in Brno. She has focused on labour market policies and the issues of social exclusion and social inclusion, and their indication. In the past, she has been the principal investigator in several research projects studying integration among immigrants, which resulted (among others) in the following publications:

Indikátory strategie potlačování chudoby a sociálního vyloučení v České republice [Indicators of the strategy fighting poverty and social exclusion in the Czech Republic] (co-authors: Tomáš Sirovátka, Ivana Šimíková, Robert Trbola); certifikovaná metodika MPSV ČR, 2013.
Institucionální podmínky sociální integrace cizinců v ČR I a II [Institutional conditions of social integration of foreigners in the Czech Republic I and II] (co-author: Robert Trbola), Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2011.
Sociální integrace přistěhovalců v České republice (co-author: Robert Trbola), Praha, Slon, 2009.

She participates in overall conceptualization and research design for the project surveys.

Petr Hráský

is the website administrator.

Mgr. Aleš Kroupa

works as the project manager.

Mgr. Jolana Navrátilová

is the project management assistant, and also participates in publicity activities.

Ing. Ivana Veselá

manages the project’s finances.

Project Board

PhDr. Mgr. Andrea Baršová, Ph.D.


Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Department for Human Rights and Minority Protection

Ing. Václav Jelen


Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
Department of Statistics, Analysis and eEducation Development

Mgr. Jaroslav Kling, M.A.


European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

doc. Ing. Jitka Langhamrová, CSc.


University of Economics Prague
Department of Demography

Jiří Navrátil, MBA


Association of Regions of the Czech Republic

Mgr. Jana Řeháková Fučíková


Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Department of Social Services and Social Work

prof. PhDr. Tomáš, Sirovátka, CSc.


Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, honorary member

Ing. Mgr. Venuše Škampová


Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
Department of Health Care

Bc. Daniel Škarka


Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic

Mgr. et Mgr. Marína Urbániková, Ph.D.


The Public Defender of Rights, Research Unit

Dr. Ing. Marie Zezůlková


Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic
Department of Regional Policy

Expert Platform

PhDr. David Beňák, Ph.D., DiS.


Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic
Department (Agency) for Social Inclusion

Jan Černý


People in Need

Mgr. et Mgr. Františka Dvorská


Institute for Social Inclusion (alternate member)

Mgr. Karel Gargulák


EDUin, o. p. s. – Information Centre for Education
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Mgr. Tomáš Hirt, Ph.D.


University of West Bohemia, Department of Anthropology

Mgr. Jan Husák


Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs

Mgr. Klára Jůnová


Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs and Secretariat of the Government Council for National Minorities

Mgr. Stanislava Kottnauerová


Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
Department of Health Care

Ing. Vít Lesák, MSc.


Platform for Social Housing

Ing. Jaromír Nebřenský


Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
Department of Statistics, Analysis and eEducation Development

Mgr. Iva Schneider Lokvencová, DiS.


Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
Department of Social Services and Social Work

Bc. Edita Stejskalová


Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs

Václav Strouhal, DiS.


coordinator for national minority affairs and foreigners
Office of Liberec Region

Mgr. Robert Sutorý.


field worker, Municipal Office of Hranice
Department of Social Affairs

Mgr. Martin Šimáček


Institute for Social Inclusion

Nikola Taragoš


RomanoNet – umbrella organisation

Contact

Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs – RILSA
Research centre in Brno

Joštova 10
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Mgr. Ivana Šimíková
ivana.simikova@vupsv.cz
+420 549 498 132