The overarching goal of DIRASAT is to influence decision-making processes within the Arab-Palestinian community in Israel, and within state institutions, in a direction that ensures the enjoyment of substantive citizenship of all members of the community at both individual and collective levels.
DIRASATís operational objectives are:
- To develop and present to decision-makers (within the community and at the state level) viable alternatives to existing exclusionary laws and policy frameworks underpinned in the principle of substantive equality for all (majority-minority; men-women) while taking into consideration the community's distinct identity and culture;
- To encourage and take an active role in the development of the Arab community's strategic goal-setting based on an in-depth understanding of the root causes of the existing reality (exclusion, poverty and low socio-economic status).
- To enhance the capacity for strategic thinking and planning among the Arab local council leadership, especially in professional departments, with an emphasis on the improvement and attainment of socio-economic rights.
- To encourage the development and adoption of new approaches within the Arab community for attaining substantive citizenship based on participatory and democratic processes that ensure the augmentation of efforts and inclusion of all relevant parties.