HÉTFA is an independent think tank in Budapest, Hungary. It was established in 2009 by young economists, political scientists and sociologists sharing theoretical and practical experience in social research, public administration and consultancy. HÉTFA Group consists of the HÉTFA Research Institute, HÉTFA Centre for Economic and Social Analysis and the Pannon Analysis Office.

Our goal is to provide useful and evidence-based analyses on national as well as local policy issues for the decision-makers and the policy expert community to improve the quality of public debates and public decisions.

HETFA uses a multidisciplinary approach in its research projects on the following fields:

  • entrepreneurship and SME policy,
  • better regulation and cutting red tape,
  • employment policy,
  • youth policy (incl. education, social inclusion)
  • local governance,
  • cohesion policy,
  • rural development and development opportunities of lagging regions,
  • urban development and social rehabilitation policies
  • strategies on sustainability.

HÉTFA frequently participates in joint projects with scholars at various universities and think tanks from Hungary and other Central European countries. We are also engaged in different research and consultancy works in cooperation with local and micro-regional councils, government offices and NGOs. We regularly organise round-table discussions with top scholars and experts to keep ourselves up-to-date and share ideas on important issues.

In the past few years HÉTFA has gained extensive experience in the following:

  • formulating policy strategies for central and local government bodies,
  • supporting organisational reforms,
  • analysing policy decisions,
  • carrying out evaluations,
  • facilitating cooperation between local decision makers and stakeholders,
  • conducting international research on governance and development policies,
  • providing consultancy for local and regional governments in international networking and proposal writing.

Among our important partners are the Ministry of Human Capacities, the Ministry for National Economy, the Prime Minister's Office, the Hungarian Competition Authority, the National University of Public Service, the Corvinus University of Budapest.