Improve (Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation) is an international research project funded by the European Commission, that includes ten research institutes and an extensive network of researchers to study poverty, social policy and social innovation in Europe. Improve aims to assess the impact of the financial crisis on poverty and inequality and to analyze the relations between employment, social security and inclusion.

The project that started in March 2012 and that continues to February 2016, aims to produce information that can be used in political decision-making. Ilari Ilmakunnas, Lauri Mäkinen and Veli-Matti Ritakallio have participated in the Improve project from the unit of Social Policy.

More information can be found in the Improve website:

KONSE -survey

Time span: 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015

Description: A postal survey collected at the Unit of Social Policy in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. The principal idea of the survey was to replicate surveys that in other countries (for example in England and in Sweden) were constructed to analyze people’s perceptions of poverty, and based on this, analyze the extent of poverty. With the data, it is possible to study people’s perceptions on the necessities of life, deprivation in different dimensions, employment status and employment history, the social status of childhood home, subjective well-being and attitudes towards the welfare state and welfare recipients.

Person in charge: Veli-Matti Ritakallio