About proMENTE

  • proMENTE provides social research solutions to both businesses and non-profits.

    proMENTE operates internationally and is based in Sarajevo. The organisation was registered as an association with the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina in October 2002 by three social scientists

    Everything we do - training, evaluations, research - is scientifically based. Most income is from contracts to conduct research, evaluation and training projects for other organisations in accordance with our Statute. proMENTE has also designed and implemented its own projects in the areas of youth employment and careers advice and assistance to SMBs on Human Resources Management, financed by donors. proMENTE has also frequently been national partner in international research programs.

  • Mission

    To assist individuals and organisations to achieve their full potential – by providing research and evaluation services as well as evidence-based advice and training.

    Vision

    We are inspired by the vision of a future in which:
    • We remain a small team of social scientists working in BiH and also internationall.,
    • We remain one of the premier agencies for ad-hoc general social research on the Balkans,
    • We continue to learn and apply new methods in research, evaluation and training,
    • We are respected as experts who can help individuals and organisations to reach their potential,
    • We contribute to a society in which human rights are respected and differences drive growth rather than conflict.

Our approach is...

  • ...client-centered
    We place a special emphasis on developing wherever possible a cordial and relaxed relationship with our clients and work together to design research and evaluations which meet their real needs.
  • ...methodological
    proMENTE has experience with a wide range of research and evaluation approaches, combing qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • ...appropriate
    Our researchers spend a lot of time in the field and they know how to engage in communication with different groups of people; they talk easily with street children as well as with state ministers. Often our task is to build bridges between different world views, for example, between the worlds of donors and their potential beneficiaries.
  • ...ethical
    Ethical concerns always come first. In particular, we take data protection and child protection very seriously. The evaluation methodology is planned in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the UK Evaluation Society (http://www.evaluation.org.uk). More precisely, this means: full respect for the protection of data of interest groups, which are fully informed about the evaluation and have access to the "Ombudsman of Evaluation" if necessary.
  • ...innovative
    We are proud to employ innovative approaches in our work. As far as we know, we are the first organisation in the Balkans to implement Outcome Mapping and Most Significant Changes methodology. For many of our projects we develop websites to improve interaction with stakeholders and have long experience in employing web-based questionnaires. Most of our statistical analyses our conducted in R (www.r-project.org), the software of choice for most modern statisticians. Above all, we believe that the key to a successful project is to understand what the client really wants and needs to find out and to carefully negotiate the details of the Terms of Reference in order to make sure these results are delivered. We have been using web-based research methods since 2002 (for example at www.mojakarijera.com and www.qimpl.com) which we usually implement on our own. We use four different systems for web opinion research from which we chose the one most appropriate for our clients. Most of our research and evaluation projects include web modules. Recently we have been introducing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approaches into our work. Our clients find that presenting data on maps can give an extra dimension of insights. Social Network Analysis is much in vogue at the moment, and with good reason. Many of our clients’ projects are delivered through networks or aim to strengthen networks. We have some simple and useful tools to help understand network data.
  • ...reproducible
    Nearly all our statistical reports follow the principles of reproducible research. This means that the final pdf file is automatically generated by computer from the original raw data following instructions written by us in a computer script. So there is neither any cutting-and-pasting or editing of data in the data files and nor is there, for example, any manual editing of data or graphics. This makes mistakes much less likely; the original data is untouched; our clients or other researchers can check exactly how we arrived at these results. Given the same database, software and script they could also produce the same report with one click. And the software is free and open-source. Reproducible research is transparent, verifiable and less prone to error.
  • ...participatory
    We include stakeholders in our research, evaluation and training wherever possible and try to engage interviewed stakeholders in active debate about how to improve the quality of people’s lives.
  • ...valid
    Reliability and validity of information and conclusions drawn from it are of the highest importance. The validity of information is mirrored in its relevance and appropriateness for defined research questions, as well as in the directness and strength of association with the concepts which are subjects of the evaluation process. proMENTE uses all available information within the evaluation process, whose validity may sometimes be weak. In those cases, we use a wider range of measures in order to to reduce dependance on any one of them and solve the problem of data validity.

Our clients

ADI - Asocijacija za demokratske inicijative
ADI - Asocijacija za demokratske inicijative
Asocijacija LEDA B&H
Asocijacija LEDA B&H
XY
Asocijacija za seksualno i reproduktivno zdravlje XY
AVSO
AVSO
British council
British Council
Caritas Biskupske konferencije BiH
Caritas Biskupske konferencije BiH
Caritas Schweiz
Caritas Schweiz
CRS
CRS
Coca-cola
Coca-Cola BiH
CHF
CHF
Council of Europe
Council of Europe
CPCD
CPCD
CRMA
CRMA
GIZ
GIZ
Dogs Trust
Dogs Trust BiH
DUGA
DUGA
East-west
East - West Management Institute
Embassy of Sweeden
Embassy of Sweden in Sarajevo
EPCCO
EPCCO Beograd
FGU
Federalna uprava za geodteske i imovinsko-pravne poslove
Federalni zavod za zaposljavanje
Federalni zavod za zapošljavanje
Fondacija za razvoj zajednica Mozaik
Fondacija za razvoj zajednica Mozaik
Gender centar FBiH
Gender centar FBiH
Georg-Eskert
Georg - Eckert Institute
GOPA
GOPA
Handicap
Handicap International
ICMP
ICMP
ICRC
ICRC
Kvinna
Kvinna till Kvinna
London school
LSE
Medica
Medica Zenica
Medunarodni forum Bosna
Međunarodni Forum Bosna
Microsoft
Microsoft BiH
Narkone
Narko ne
Nepc
NEPC
NTU
NTU International
olof palme
Olof Palme Centre
Open society BiH
Fond otvoreno društvo BiH
Open society foundation
OSF
OSCE
OSCE
Privredna komora KS
Privredna komora KS
REC
REC
Save the Children
Save the Children
Save the Dogs
Save the Dogs
SIDA
SIDA
SEEYN
SEEYN
Step by Step
Step by Step
SHL
SHL
SOS
SOS
FCO UK
FCO UK
UNFPA
UNFPA
UNWOMEN
UNWOMEN
USAID
USAID
Vive Zene
Vive Žene