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Functional map of a European socio-economic research project: flowchart of tasks

the map Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
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A.2.1 develop conceptual framework
flowchart of tasks Flowchart of tasks


  • Knowledge of the central questions and debates of the epistemology and logic

  • Knowledge of policy themes and social discussions on a national as well as European level related to the topic of the project

  • Knowledge of the actors within society playing a part in the policy implementation relevant to the topic of the project

  • Knowledge of general academic skills like logical and analytical thinking and the skills to summarise

  • Knowledge of current developments within today’s policy field (through newspapers, radio, television, Internet, etc.)

  • Knowledge of the basic concepts and theoretical mainstreams concerning the topic of the project, and the way in which these theories are complementary or not

  • Introductory knowledge of adjacent fields of socio-economic study

  • Knowledge of the reasons, consequences and correlation of the most important socio-economic developments within modern society, like individualism, rationalisation, and globalisation

  • Knowledge of European structures and cultural diversities

  • Knowledge of the basic concepts concerning frequently used research approaches and methods

  • Knowledge of the basic concept concerning research design and his different steps

  • Knowledge of the differences in application possibilities of qualitative and quantitative methods for the data collection and data analysis

  • Knowledge of one’s own national situation concerning the topic of the work package

  • Knowledge of the competences of other partners


  • Skills to translate social problems into research questions

  • Skills to transform unstructured problems into manageable research questions

  • Skills to de- and re-contextualise

  • Skills to reason in terms of structures

  • Skills to select suitable theories to answer the formulation of problems

  • Skills to convert theories into a conceptual framework

  • Skills to work in a team

  • Skills to exploit diversity

  • Skills to change tack

  • Skills to give feedback

Task types






Task owners

research partners
lead partner
project co-ordinator
every partner