Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Social Sciences in the 21st Century
Analysing Social Research Inquiring Instruments Underlying Youth Policies in Albania
Dr. Juliana Zaharia
The research on the specific conditions of Albanian society affecting youth development is limited and lacks a consequent insight on youth issues. Considering that this limitation has a direct impact on the processes that guide the country’s youth policies, the aim of the paper is to examine the level of application of social research to evidence-based policy-making. The question that the paper emphasizes is: “What are the inquiring instruments of social research, underlying the guiding processes for the conception, planning and implementation of youth policies?” The literature review channelled the empirical approaches in the construction of the research variables, and in the descriptive and correlational statistical measurement of the relationship between independent variables and dependent variables. Quantitative methods guided the data collection process from a sample of 287 respondents (n = 287), randomly selected among senior executives and, employers from government institutions and youth organizations working in the field of youth policy. The results, which are based on the processing of primary data collected through the exploratory questionnaire and secondary data collected following desk research and the analysis of the content of the papers and documents, show the limited knowledge in inquiring instruments and social research with evident consequences on the methodological understanding of youth policies in Albania.
keywords: social research, inquiring instruments, youth issues, youth policies