Two institutions co-operate in the ISSP surveys in Belgium: The Research Centre of the Flemish Government and the Walloon Institute of Assessment, Forecasting and Statistics.
The Research Centre of the Flemish Government
The Research Centre of the Flemish Government performs scientifically substantiated and independent studies on demographic, societal and macro-economic issues on the basis of policy-relevant questions. The Research Centre also plays a coordinating role with regard to the monitoring of the general environment for the Flemish policy.
It supports other policy services which have questions about statistics, surveys and foresight studies as a technique and in practical issues. Finally, the Research Centre is the pivot of the supply and demand of public statistics on Flanders.
A Technical Report from the Research Centre of the Flemish Government contains basic documentation on surveys, databases based on official registration data, projections, etc The report allows the users of surveys, databases, projections or derivative products thereof (charts, analyses) to use and interpret these instruments more efficiently.
A Policy Report from the Research Centre of the Flemish Government deals with (specific) policy-oriented questions. The questions are briefly placed in a context; the used data and analysing techniques are described. The results are presented. Policy-relevant conclusions and recommendations (for Flanders) are formulated.
A Policy Study of the Research Centre of the Flemish Government tackles broader policy-oriented questions more profoundly. The questions are put in a framework through the study of international literature and a summary of the available empirical research. The used data and analysing techniques are described. The results are presented and discussed with respect to the outcomes of the study of literature and the available empirical research. Policy-relevant conclusions and recommendations for Flanders (and possibly broader) are formulated.
Conjunctuurnota provides a three-monthly overview of the major short-term social and economic evolutions. VRIND (Flemish Regional Indicators) provides an annual description of the demographic, social and macroeconomic trends and describes the main line of policy of the Flemish policy through indicator
The IWEPS (L'Institut wallon de l'évaluation, de la prospective et de la statistique - Walloon Institute of Assessment, Forecasting and Statistics) is a public-interest body endowed with a judicial personality. It has a general role of assistance in decision making, which it carries out both by means of a transverse scientific function and a strategic-advice function.
The transverse scientific function consists of centralising, publishing and processing regional statistics, drawing up multi-year development plans for such statistics and drafting proposals in the area, as well as carrying out fundamental and applied research, principally in the fields covered by the economic, social, political and environmental sciences. The Institute has the task of collecting, storing and exploiting data indispensable to the conduct of regional policy.
The strategic-advice function consists of carrying out assessment tasks entrusted to it by the Government in the areas for which it is competent. It also includes the carrying out of prospective studies. To perform its tasks, the IWEPS concentrates on six areas: studies and economic conditions; assessment and forecasting; employment monitoring; mobility monitoring; ICT and statistics; support service. The Institute is the sole regional contact body for the European and Federal statistics authorities.
For matters which specifically concern social cohesion, the IWEPS has developed expertise in many fields: poverty, employment, social-cohesion and sustainable-development indicators, studies and research in these fields, the completing of various surveys, such as that on identities and social capital in the Walloon Region, active participation in various thematic working groups dedicated to the design and drafting of consultation-based indicators (National Action Plan indicators, social inclusion, etc), the construction of surveys (the EU-SILC survey, etc), enhancing the value of administrative data bases, etc. It works together with the universities, research centres and Regional, Federal and international bodies (Eurostat, Council of Europe, UNDP, UNO, etc). It supports cooperation projects with foreign partners.