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Does Norway treat its substance abusers better?

28. January 2019

Together with Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse and Ipsos, Fafo is conducting an evaluation of a national project (2016–2020) aimed at improving the system for support and care of people struggling with substance abuse. Our second status report is based on a series of indicators, case studies in six municipalities and discussion meetings with representatives from the sector. The evaluation is commissioned by the Directorate for health (Helsedirektoratet).

Choosing a school principal – and choosing wisely

28. January 2019

Traditionally the position as principal/school manager (Norwegian: «skoleleder») has been prestigious, well paid and had a high degree of job security. An increase in the number of tasks and reporting demands might have altered the scope of the position. A new research project will investigate the recruitment processes for school managers. Are the best leaders chosen? And if not, what can be done?

Pupils: Higher class attendance, but more in risk of becoming dropouts

25. January 2019

For two years high schools (upper secondary schools) have administrated a stricter enforcement concerning absence in high school. This report map how students assess and cope with this new regulation. A problematic finding is that all though the rate of attendance has grown in general, so has also the risk of becoming a dropout for some of the students.

The workplace – school of democracy?

23. January 2019

Where is social capital – and thereby trust – formed? Earlier research has tended to give too much credit to the civil society, according to Jon Fafo Rogstad and Kaja Reegård. In an article in an international textbook on democracy they turn our gazes towards the importance of our workplaces. By studying the apprentices in the retail industry, they find indications that offering confidence and responsibility nurtures emotional engagement, confidence and trust – important elements for a well-functioning democracy.

Report launch: Migration, parenting and social control

16. January 2019

This report launched on January 16th, focuses on parenting and social control, with a particular focus on immigrant families from Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka. What attitudes are found in regard to issues of gender roles and sexuality among adolescents? The report contains both the parent's and the youth's perspectives.

Vocational training: When Sweden and Norway chose separate paths

14. January 2019

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During the 90s both Sweden and Norway made radical changes to their upper secondary school systems. Despite many historical similarities, the reforms chose two markedly dissimilar paths in their take on vocational subjects. In an article in European Educational Research Journal Daniel Persson Thunqvist (Linköping uni.) and Anna Hagen Tønder and Kaja Reegård (Fafo) map the causes and effects of these separate courses.

Local bargaining under new conditions

11. January 2019

In the collective bargaining process in 2016, the central government's main tariff agreement was divided into two. Mechanisms for wage settings have since been conditional on the union membership of state employees. Members of the academic union get their wage terms governed by a collective agreement, while the rest of the state employees get their terms by another collective agreement.

100 years with ILO

09. January 2019

In connection with the celebration of ILO's 100 years in 2019, Fafo will write a report on social dialogue and tripartite cooperation in Norway in a historical context. This report will be launched  this spring.

Evaluation of pilot projects with alternative training models

08. January 2019

The main goals of the evaluation have been to acquire knowledge about what characterises the training models, how they have been implemented, and the consequences for student motivation, learning and progression. Researchers from Fafo and NIFU have written the report. 

New book on institutional change in the Nordic model

07. January 2019

The empirical focus of the book is institutional change in the Nordic model, with special emphasis on Norway. Five of the authors are Fafo-researchers: Kristin Alsos, Kaja Reegård, Jon Rogstad, Åsmund Arup Seip og Sissel Trygstad.

Evaluation of flexible working time agreemenet in the state sector

03. January 2019

The collective bargaining parties in the state sector agreed to alter their agreement on flexible working time. In this project we investigate the effects of the changes made to the agreement.

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