SI: Inštitut za raziskave in razvoj

Inštitut za raziskave in razvoj , the Institute for Research and Development “Utrip” (UTRIP) was established as a private institution in spring 2006, by a number of Slovenian experts that decided a non-profit organisation was a more appropriate vehicle to develop innovative programs and projects related to the prevention of youth risk behaviour. The Institute leads and participates in several European and national projects and networks co-financed by the European Commission (AMPHORA, ALICE RAP, IREFREA, ProSkills, Club Health etc.) and Government of the Republic of Slovenia (especially school-based and family-based prevention programmes). UTRIP also participate in the Civil Society on Drugs, the European umbrella organization of NGOs in the field of alcohol Eurocare(having become full members from March 2009), the Association of NGOs in the field of drugs in the Republic of Slovenia, MOSA project (mobilization of communities for a more responsible use of alcohol in Slovenia). UTRIP is a leading organisation of the European project “Club Health – Healthy and Safer Nightlife of Youth” (2009-2012) co-funded by the European Commission.

The institute's mission is to provide quality development and implementation of programmes and projects and research activities in the area of youth risk behaviour and other risk groups. At the same time UTRIPalso provides education and training for professionals, researchers and volunteers who daily deal with issues of risk behaviour of children, adolescents, young adults and other high-risk population groups (e.g. training of health and social workers, teachers and other professionals in schools, educators, professionals and volunteers in NGOs, government officials, etc.).
UTRIP is developing a partnership with the narrower and wider community, non-governmental sector, media and industry (especially the entertainment industry, in addition to the media plays a key role in the lifestyle of young people), from local to international level. This increases the level of knowledge and education, and indirectly affects the development of local community and state. UTRIP is also an important factor contributing to the classification of Slovenia during the country's notable work in this area, since it has many international contacts and is involved in many important projects and R & D networks.  UTRIP’s objectives are to:

  • Be the most modern and most successful R & D institutions in Slovenia, distinctive home and abroad, while continuing to work with the environment in which we live and work.
  • Adapt to the needs and strategic priorities of countries and the European Union as a whole, the needs of children, youth and other at risk populations and the needs of professionals and volunteers in developing education and prevention programmes.
  • Care for the personal growth of children, youth and other high-risk population groups and the qualitative relationships between experts and participants in education, training and retraining.
  • Improve themselves professionally and personal communications on the basis of knowledge and mutual trust within the professional circles.
  • Engage in research and development process of modern technology and equipment, according to them the opportunities to develop and improve, so will be an important component of our work and particularly prevention programmes in practice (increasing access to preventive content by younger generations).
  • In activities that provide general, vocational, technical and other knowledge and skills to develop the quality and accountability for it, while also work with partners to implement and coordinate the common interests of the various possible.
  • With those ways of working to build a market competitive capacity and better prospects in their immediate and wider environment - at local, national and European level.

Primary role in the project

UTRIP’s role in the project will be to lead on WP4, to map the European Prevention Workforce Needs (WP4) to better understand employers requirements. Because of UTRIPs involvement in this WP, they will also sit on the PMG, under WP1. In common with the majority of other project partners, they will also participate in WP3, WP6, WP7 and WP9, to input into the Education and Training Research, Quality Planning, Networking and ECTS implementation activities. In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, UTRIP will use all international and national contacts and experience to assure all tasks are completed on time and in a quality way (especially mapping). Several links to other professional networks, European and governmental institutions will be used to implement project activities.


Matej Košir
Project Manager- SPAN
Science for Prevention Academic Network
Oxford Brookes University
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