THALES II Programme: “Mapping and Evaluation of Greek Non-Profit Organizations”

Following the successful research project “THALES I” (2012-2015), the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese, in collaboration with HIGGS, is implementing the “THALES II” programme with a two-year duration (2018-2020) and funding from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation.

The main objective of the Programme is to study the ecosystem of NGOs in Greece – at a more practical level – as well as map and evaluate them, thereby creating a reliable record of the NGOs categorised per sector of activity. At the same time, other objectives of the programme are the establishment of evaluation of Greek NGOs on the basis of their effectiveness, organisation and transparency; the investigation of possibilities for the improvement of their credibility; the promotion of volunteering in conjunction with the encouragement of organised initiatives of solidarity.

  • During the first year of implementation of the programme, more than 700 active organisations were mapped which were approached by the Research Team in order to participate in the Programme.
  • In total, 107 organisations completed the procedure and took part in the evaluation, while 225 organisations requested and received information for their registration on the online system and stated their intention to participate in the second phase of the evaluation (Nov. 2019 - Apr. 2020).


“The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was one of the main supporters of the THALES II programme. Its support was crucial for the implementation of a project aiming to map the ecosystem of Greek NGOs and, more importantly, evaluate the hundreds of active organisations in the sector. The donation made it possible to upgrade the evaluation methodology and invite, from the first year of implementation of the project, more than 200 organisations to the THALES II platform in order to evaluate their performance in the areas of organisation, effectiveness and transparency. Moreover, the project accomplishes the diffusion of a positive dimension of practical evaluation, as well as the establishment of a range of best practices in organisational, administration and communication matters, thus reinforcing Greek NGOs effectively”.

Sotiris Petropoulos

Associate Professor, University of the Peloponnese,

Director HIGGS, Member of the Project’s Scientific Committee



Upgrade of the National Health System Programme

Grant of University Scholarship

Paediatric Surgery Clinic, University General Hospital “ATTIKON”

Support of the Operation of the Child Safety Care Unit – “Sophie Varvitsioti”, Athens General Children’s Hospital “P. & A. Kyriakou”

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - ELIZA  

Initiative “Never Alone - Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe”

European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)

Ενίσχυση Λειτουργίας


Creation of Stray Companion Animals Shelter

Paros Animal Welfare Society - “PAWS”

“Epikentro” Multi-Purpose Venue for Action and Change

THALES II Programme: “Mapping and Evaluation of Greek Non-Profit Organizations”

University of the Peloponnese - Department of Political Science and International Relations 

Support of the “Incubator” programme

Higher Incubator Giving Growth and Sustainability (HIGGS) 

Olympic Preparation Scholarship Programme 2019

Prevention and Examination Centres “Checkpoint”

Positive Voice

Documentary: “Container”


E-book: Αssessment of accessibility of the School of Information and Communication Technologies of the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus

Career Sign

PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

“Building Bridges of Cooperation”

Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism of the Prefecture of Rethymno 

PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

Summer Camps for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Management of mourning and loss by people with mental disability


PROGRAMME: “Points of Support”

Second Round of the "Collaborating for Health" Programme

PROGRAMME: “Collaborating for Health”

Legal Support for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Centre for Life

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