Tuesday | 11 June. 2013
CRRC Research Methods Conference Program
CRRC Research Methods Conference
June 20, 2013
Courtyard Marriott Hotel
, Tbilisi, Georgia
The conference intends to bring together local and international participants that are committed to exploring key methodological issues and advancing practice across the South Caucasus. It will be a relatively small conference focused on constructive how-to discussions and offering researchers the opportunity to discuss and compare their methods, thus advancing methodological innovation across the region.
Conference Program and Papers
09:00 – 09:30 - Registration
09:30 – 10:00 
Opening Remarks
David Lee, Chair of the Board of Trustees of EPF and CRRC
Keynote Speech:
 Why We Need Data: Facilitating Evidence-Based Policy and Research in the Caucasus Cynthia Buckley, University of Illinois
10:00 – 11:00 
Session 1: Uses of Internet in Social Research
YouTube Videos as a New Source for Content AnalysisAnna Gradlyan, Bella Baghdasaryan
Is “Googling” a Method? What Can the Internet Tell Us About the Non-Governmental Sector in ArmeniaValentina Gevorgyan, Mariam Matevosyan
 Camrin ChristensenDiscussant: Ross Campbell

11:00 – 11: 30 - Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: Making Sense of Qualitative Data
Surveys and Ethnographies: Points of IntersectionMilena Oganesyan
 Methods Applied to Exploration of the Sacred Spaces in Georgia: Narrative Discourse Analysis of Ethnographic Field DataNino Abakelia
Dialogical Approach to the Interpretation of Qualitative DataAkulenko Anastasija
Facilitator: Koba TurmanidzeDiscussant: Simone Baglioni 
13:00 – 14:00 - Lunch
 14:00 – 16:00 
Session 3: Quantitative Research: Some Challenges and Opportunities
Time-use diaries: Presentation of the Method and Techniques of Time-data AnalysisEwa Jarosz 
Accuracy of Expectations in Business SurveysVahe Movsisyan, Martin Galstyan
A Cross-cultural Comparison of the Work Ethic in Russia, Azerbaijan and TurkeyMeltem Ceri-Booms
The Impact of Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization: Case Study For ArmeniaArmine Sharanbekyan
 Gursel AliyevDiscussant: Heghine Manasyan
16:00 – 16: 30 - Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00
Public Opinion Polling in Georgia - Mapping the Challenges and SolutionsKathleen A. Frankovic, Think Tank Fund/Open Society Georgia Foundation
17:00 – 18:00 
Session 4: Qualitative Research: Challenges in the Post-Soviet Context

Challenges in Focus Group Discussions in a Post-Totalitarian ContextAynur Nabiyeva, Ulviyya Mikayilova, Vitaly Rasdky
Manipulation as an Element of Field ResearchKarolina Pawlowska
Heghine ManasyanDiscussant: Tina Zurabishvili
18:00 – 18:15                
Closing Remarks 

Timothy Blauvelt, Chair of CRRC International Academic Advisory Board

18:30 – 20:00 - Dinner