The Research Institute of the Red Cross (FRK) broadly approaches and discriminatingly deals with relevant societal problems and works with its partners on developing creative and innovative solutions. Our central concern and integral part of all our activities is to guarantee the transfer of project results back into practical context. Theory and experience go together to assure the quality of our research. Our Institute is currently participating in national and international research projects and programmes in the spirit of the high principles of the Red Cross.
The FRK works in four research fields:
Rescue, emergency care and security
Quick and competent medical care for emergency patients is a core competence of the Red Cross. Research studies aim at possibilities to increase the well-being and stability of patients during transportation with the help of new technologies. Outcome-studies make a relevant contribution to the further development of immediate life-saving measures.
We devise tools and knowledge for effective long term security strategies and policies - therefore a clear, multi-disciplinary view onto the perception of security and related topics, the gathering and analyzing basic data and disseminating results are important.
Demographic change leads to a range of alterations in the final stage of one’s life. To live and die in a dignified way with respective care and attendance is one of our main focuses. Our Institute aims at analysing and developing solutions for these changes.
Labour market, employment, volunteer services
We also focus on unemployment, its consequences, reintegration and integration of people seeking employment, empowerment, and age management. Moreover, we centre on enhancing migrants’ integration.
Health promotion and prevention
Due to expanding costs in the health sector new strategies are required in the near future. Health promotion aims at strengthening one’s health potential and at reducing health-weakening factors, on an individual basis as well as in one’s personal living and working conditions.
Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH is the biggest provider of adult education in the region of Vienna. It is a non-profit organisation and is partially owned by the City of Vienna. Our learners come from all sorts of social backgrounds and are of different age groups, but there is an emphasis on providing education to people with migrational background. The range of courses offered is very wide and reaches from literacy courses in German as a Second Language, courses in more than 60 different foreign languages to health care-courses, computer instruction and art classes
In January 2011 the newly founded institute “lernraum.wien“, part of the Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH took up its work dealing with issues of multilingualism, integration and education. A team of experts works on basic research in theses fields, offers trainings for literacy and language teachers, organizes conferences, participates in international projects and learing partnerships.
For further information see: http://www.lernraum.at
queraum. cultural and social research is a private research organisation and was founded in 2004. The practical orientation of the research work is very important for queraum. queraum is a reliable partner for successful planning, implementing and further developing concepts, projects and services. queraum has many years of experience in coordination, evaluation and accompanying research of (EU) projects. Furthermore queraum supports planning and developing project applications for national and European programmes. The research interests of queraum lie in various fields, e.g. integration of disadvantaged groups, gender and diversity issues, health promotion, quality assurance and quality development in social services, corporate social responsibility. A new focus of queraum is the area of security and police research. Expertise in architecture secures the applicability of our research results for urban contexts. The queraum-team consists of social scientists who are characterised by both professional and social skills. queraum is responsible for the evaluation of the Meet the Need project.