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Applied socio-psychological studies with respect to information policy

The European Commission, DG X, has published a call for expressions of interest in applied socio-psychological studies with respect to the Community's information policy. This notice aims at enabling interested candidates to express their interest in order to be included in a...

The European Commission, DG X, has published a call for expressions of interest in applied socio-psychological studies with respect to the Community's information policy. This notice aims at enabling interested candidates to express their interest in order to be included in a list, on the basis of which specific invitations to tender will be dispatched. The Commission is carrying out an active information and communications policy on European construction. In this context, DG X is responsible notably for general information and carries out its activities throughout the European Union as well as in third countries. To implement its information policy strategy, DG X needs to conduct qualitative studies amongst different groups of citizens. These studies can be characterized as applied socio-psychological studies to explain current attitudes and behaviour patterns through knowledge of the motivations and expectations determining them. Their results must be operational and enable themes on which information is necessary to be established as well as the methods which can be used to this end. The subject of these studies can vary considerably and can be orientated towards the understanding of attitudes towards: - Knowledge on the European Union and the use of media; - Events and actions involving the European Union; - The institutions and policies of the European Union. The qualitative studies may involve a geographical scale going from all 15 European Union Member States to a single Member State, or to non-European Union Member States. The methodology required is as follows: - Group meetings; - Non-directive individual interviews; - Interviews with experts; - Analyses of the contents (in certain cases); - Analyses on public opinion; or a combination of these techniques, or any other specific technique adapted to this context and proposed by the candidate company. For group studies, groups may be defined in terms of sex, age groups, level or professional category, social class, region (or a combination of these), or in terms of behavioural characteristics such as behaviour towards the media or consumer behaviour. Candidate companies must develop other possibilities for group studies, and for the resources normally used in this aim. Applications must be sent is to: European Commission Unit X/1 "Planning, budgets, finance" Mr. Richard Weber 120 rue de Treves (office 6/95) B-1040 Brussels For further details, please contact: Mrs. Anna Melich European Commission 120 rue de Treves (Office 5/24) B-1049 Brussels Tel. +32-2-2999172; Fax +32-2-2994577