Letter from the President
I am pleased to introduce the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” , a new initiative created with the purpose of contributing ideas and scientifically supported results that will enrich public debate over the social problems that affect us all, and whose resolution will determine our future and that of our country.
In the complex societies in which we live, defining the actions and policies to be taken in the social sphere is not simple and involves many interest groups, often with opposing perspectives.
With the aim of contributing to informed and rigorous decisionmaking, we publish a series of important indicators, many of them developed by the observatory itself, which will contribute to an improved understanding of social reality. This information, quite valuable in itself, will be complemented by original studies on important social issues, interviews with scientists and critical reviews of recent books that propose innovative ideas.
In an increasingly open, diverse and participatory society, citizens are not only interested in the issues that impact the quality of their lives and their social wellbeing, but they also wish to have their voices heard.
We are presenting an instrument whose aim is to divulge, among a broad public and in an attractive and accessible manner, the main results and tendencies in the social sciences, so that we have the necessary tools available to understand key issues in such sensitive areas as social inclusion, education, science and culture.
President of the ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation
The Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” aims to be a reference point by contributing diagnoses of social reality and tendencies, and placing a special focus on the Foundation’s major spheres of activity: social inclusion, education, science and culture.
In line with the commitment of “la Caixa” to a better society, and in order to enrich debate and dialogue on the social challenges of today, the initiative promotes in-depth and ongoing analysis of the real situation in Spain within the international context.
Thus, this is an ideas laboratory that provides information and analysis with a scientific basis aimed at finding a solution for the problems affecting society, not only visible problems but also those that sometimes go unnoticed.
In the generation and transmission of these ideas we apply a rigorous methodology and work together with professional experts who provide their research and their reflections. This valuable knowledge with a scientific basis, much of which is previously unpublished, is placed at the service of society as a whole.