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KORA provides independent knowledge and advice for both public and private stakeholders. KORA’s knowledge is practice-oriented and applicable, and is based on strong sector knowledge and socio-economic knowledge

KORA’s analysis and research is to be based upon:

  • Socio-economic expertise
  • Independence and research ethics
  • Sector knowledge and proximity to practice
  • Quality
  • Vast data resources
  • Great expertise in both quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Applicability.

Overview

As an essential basis for the prioritisation of analysis and research, KORA must be at the cutting edge of the socio-economic development. This applies for:

  • The overall socio-economic development as a prerequisite for the solution of the challenges facing municipalities and regions
  • Changes in the population’s living conditions
  • Economic challenges and other management challenges that are important for municipalities and regions
  • Specific challenges in the municipal and regional sectors.

Independence and research ethics

KORA is to advise public authorities and disseminate the results of the Institute’s work to relevant public and private stakeholders, and the public in general. In order to ensure a high level of credibility in relation to dissemination and advising, KORA must be independent and impartial, and a high standard of research ethics must be maintained.

Sector knowledge

Municipalities and regions consist of sectors, which have many common features and challenges but differ greatly in other respects. Therefore, analysis and research carried out by KORA must be based on extensive knowledge of the specific conditions in each sector. This applies for:

  • Health
  • Children and young people
  • Social services
  • Labour market and education 
  • Economy and administration.

This sector focus is to ensure that the issues analysed are relevant in relation to the conditions and challenges facing each sector. However, there is also close interplay among the sectors, and they face numerous common challenges. Therefore, care is taken to ensure that KORA’s knowledge is generalized and used across sectors, where this is relevant.

Quality

Analyses and research carried out by KORA must be of a high quality. This means that projects must be relevant, current and of a high professional standard. To ensure this, KORA must have a portfolio of both short-term and long-term analyses and research projects that mutually support and inspire each other.

There is to be a focus on quality assurance, both in relation to relevance, professional standards and dissemination.

Moreover, KORA is to have research projects at a high international level. These projects ensure that KORA is always up-to-date with the latest methodological standards, and they provide KORA with credibility and legitimacy as a knowledge centre. They also allow KORA to have important interaction with universities.

Great expertise and interdisciplinarity

KORA is to be characterized by strong academic environments for both quantitative and qualitative methods, and this is to be reflected in KORA’s portfolio of projects. A major strength of the quantitative methods is that they can often provide a relatively clear answer as to whether an effort or policy has an effect, but often they can only provide a limited answer as to why this is the case.

Qualitative methods, however, can often provide deeper and more detailed insights into why an effort or a policy has an effect. The academic breadth in KORA is to ensure that either quantitative or qualitative methods can be applied, depending on what is most suitable.

Interdisciplinary projects and projects in which a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods is used, within the framework of the same project, are thus one of KORA’s special strengths.

Data resources

KORA is to have vast data resources in relation to individual-level data, especially for use in effect analyses. Furthermore, it is a key objective of KORA to provide data and numerical analyses that provide an overview of the development of municipalities’ and regions’ economy, productivity and prioritization. KORA must comply with the need for systematic ratios and inter-municipal and inter-regional comparisons using data resources.

Applicability

KORA is to be a centre of knowledge and learning that produces knowledge that can be used in practice. This requires:

  • Dialogue with decision makers and relevant actors in the concept development phase. This ensures that KORA initiates practice-relevant projects targeting recipients’ need for new knowledge.
  • Ongoing use of input from stakeholders during the project work. This ensures an end product that is as current and applicable as possible.
  • The results are to be presented in a language and a form that directly addresses the target group that will be translating the new knowledge into action. Targeted communication is a prerequisite for KORA’s knowledge to be effectively used to develop and improve practice.