The Institute’s main type of activity consists in applied research in social sciences and humanities. We are committed to demonstrating that the dichotomy between theory and practice is a false one if the underpinning quality is scientific rigor and methodological consistency. We believe that political and social theory must be corroborated and justified by data as well as applicable. That is why political studies, social theory and theorizations in the humanities we undertake are always transformed into policy studies. Policy studies, on the other hand, most often serve as the point of departure for building new theories, its trajectory being: from the concrete toward the abstract. Practice and applicability justify theory, not the other way around.