Development and approbation of the methodical material "Practical guide for working with adults in vocational education institutions"

Project customer: National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia

Project implemented: 2017 - 2018

The purpose of the project was to develop the capacity of vocational education institutions to create a training offer for adult audiences, as well as to improve the capacity of vocational education institutions to perform market analysis, to prepare marketing and sales plans, to ensure promotion of services in the market and successfully sell educational services. Within the framework of the project, a working group of representatives of vocational education institutions in cooperation with business management experts developed a methodological material that can serve as a tool for vocational education institutions when developing educational offerings for adults.

Research Study on the Possibilities of Volunteering and the Implementation of a Mentoring Model for the Enforcement of Criminal Sentences

Project Customer: Prison Administration Board

Project implemented: 2017 - 2018

The Prison Administration Board implemented the project No. "Integration of former prisoners into society and the labour market" aimed at supporting prisoners and former prisoners through offering them specific support measures, as well as through developing and implementing new support methods for the target group, including the development of volunteering and active involvement of the former prisoners’ family members, thereby contributing to the integration of the target group back into society and promoting their participation in the labour market.

Within the framework of the project, from January 2018 until July 2018, a "Research Study on the Possibilities of Volunteering and the Implementation of a Mentoring Model for the Enforcement of Criminal Sentences" was carried out. On the basis of the summarized information on the previous volunteering and mentoring practice in the enforcement of criminal sentences in Latvia, as well as on successfully implemented volunteering and mentoring models abroad and through gaining new ideas, insights and facts, recommendations on the implementation of voluntary work with convicted persons and the implementation of mentoring models in Latvia were elaborated. This research was carried out by AC Konsultācijas, Ltd.

Functional Analysis of Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks According to the European Qualifications Framework Structure

Project Customer: National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia

Project implemented: 2017 - 2018
During the research ACK carried out a functional analysis according to industry trends of the construction, printing, energy, timber, transport and business sectors, as well as the sectors of design and creative industries. The research resulted in a classified compilation of research materials and findings that determine the industry's required occupations according to industry trends. The results of the research will be further used for educational purposes.

Development of Future Scenarios for Energy and Shipping Sectors and Identification of Critical Issues of These Sectors in the Context of Maritime Spatial Planning and Transnational Cooperation and Development of Informative Material

Project Customer: Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Project implemented: 2017

Within the framework of the service, future scenarios for the shipping and energy sectors were developed, critical issues were defined for the BSR dialogue, proposals for integrating the results into the improved version of the Latvian MSP were worked out, and an informative material was prepared. As a result of active engagement and stakeholder involvement, the capacity of Latvian stakeholders as well as their readiness and openness to involve into transnational Maritime spatial planning discussions was increased, plus their ability to assess the international dimension of Maritime spatial planning was improved.

Development of reorganization plans for childcare facilities in Kurzeme Planning Region

Project Customer: Kurzeme Planning Region

Project implemented: 2017

The project provided the development of reorganisation plans for five long-term social childcare institutions in the Kurzeme Planning Region. The purpose of the reorganisation was to find situation improvement solutions for orphans and children left without parental care who are currently living and receiving services in institutions through transformation long-term social care services into society based social services, in accordance with international guidelines for alternative childcare.

Feasibility Study for Riga Tram Infrastructure Development Project

Project Customer: Riga City Council Traffic Department

Project implemented: 2016

The overall objective of the project was to promote sustainable use of public transport in Riga, incorporating less connected urban areas into the Riga public transport network. The project is located in the Latvian capital, Riga, with an area of 307 km2 and a population of 638,784. Riga is not only the largest city in Latvia but also in the Baltic States. A risk analysis was carried out, which included a sensitivity and risk analysis. The purpose of sensitivity analysis is to identify 'critical' variables, i.e. factors that have the greatest impact on project performance indicators, when changing positively or negatively, as well as financial analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Development of Materials for Investment Attraction in Bauska Region and Market Research

Project Customer: "Konsorts", Ltd.

Project implemented: 2015 - 2016

During the research a strategy for the development of Bauska municipality,  medium-term development priorities and the necessary amount of investment for the development of Bauska Industrial Logistics Park were defined. A survey of businessmen – the potential users of the project results – was also carried out.

Socio-Economic Development Analysis of Baldone Municipality

Project Customer: Latvian Association for Environmental Management

Project implemented: 2015 - 2016

The study identified the most important indicators affecting the socio-economic development of Baldone municipality and carried out an analysis of the socio-economic development of Baldone and similar municipalities. Socio-economic development was assessed through the analysis of the development factors, regression and real estate market situation. As a part of the project, a survey of county residents was carried out at the respondents' residences.

Study on the Motivation of Employers to Engage in the Implementation of Working environment-based Learning

Project Customer: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Project implemented: 2015

Within the research a description of vocational education was prepared, the main trends of education development were summarized, 7 foreign practices regarding working environment-based training were studied, EU funds were assessed, the fiscal impact was evaluated, and a survey of small enterprises was carried out.

Developing Passenger and Cargo Flow Forecasts within the Framework of the Rail Baltica National Research

Project Customer: “Ernst & Young Baltic”, Ltd.

Project implemented: 2015

Within the framework of the research forecasts were developed by applying a scenario method and involving an expert panel. Applying these methods, freight and passenger flow modelling, modelling of traffic forecasts and evaluation of sectoral development trends were carried out, the development trends in the transport and logistics sectors were analysed.

Feasibility Study for the Construction of a New Educational Institution in Ādaži Municipality

Project CustomerĀdaži Municipality Council

Project implemented: 2015

Within the famework of the project, studying the characteristics of the existing situation and the demand for education services, as well as carrying out cost efficiency analysis, a plan for building a new education institution in Ādaži municipality and the renovation of the existing Ādaži Secondary School was developed.

Recommendations on Taking Over the Good Foreign Practices in the Craft Sector in Latvia

Project Customer: Zemgale Planning Region

Project implemented: 2014

In developing the recommendations, an analysis of the existing situation in the craft sector in Latvia, as well as a research on the good practices of the foreign partners were carried out. Innovative design solutions and their implementation, prospects for craft education, marketing and export opportunities for craft products, and the link between crafts and creative industries were studied.

Development of Nīca Municipality Sustainable Development Strategy for 2014 - 2030 and Nīca Municipality Development Programme for 2014 - 2020, Development of Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment

Project Customer: Nīca Municipality Council

Project implemented: 2013 - 2014

Within the framework of the service AC Konsultācijas developed:

  • Sustainable development strategy that includes long term development vision, strategic goals and economic specialization for the years 2014 - 2030;
  • Medium-term development programme;
  • Strategic environmental impact assessment.
Within the framework of the service, five reorganization plans for children's long-term social care institutions in the Kurzeme planning region were carried out. The purpose of the reorganization was to find solutions to improve the situation of orphans and children left without parental care who currently live and receive services in institutions, transforming long-term social care in society-based social services in accordance with international guidelines for alternative care for children.