Call for Abstracts and Workshop Proposals

Policy Analysis in the South Caucasus: In Search of Methodological InnovationCRRC’s 5th Methodological Conference

Tbilisi, June 23-24, 2017

About the Organizer: The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) is a network of research and research support centers in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Established in 2003, CRRC’s goal is to strengthen social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. Over the past thirteen years, CRRC has become a nexus of activity for the social science community in the South Caucasus, providing open access to data, scholarly literature, and professional training for social science researchers. For more information about CRRC, please visit:,,
About the Conference: The conference will bring together local and international researchers to discuss innovative practices in empirical research and their application to public policy analysis. We invite papers that discuss various aspects of policy analysis in the South Caucasus and innovations in empirical social science research that may lead to better policy outcomes. Presenters are expected to highlight the application of quantitative and/or qualitative methods to the study of the policy making process, analysis of policy outcomes, or assessment of the impact of a particular policy. To achieve high quality discussion and feedback for presenters, a limited number of papers will be accepted.

Workshops: Parallel workshops will be organized during the conference which will discuss innovative methods for policy-oriented applied social science research. CRRC welcomes proposals for workshops concerning experimental and quasi-experimental research design, dealing with missing data, data visualization, and other relevant research methods and tools.

Language of the conference – English.


    • Applicants are required to submit an abstract online via the abstract submission form by March 13, 2017. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words long, and should include the following:
          • Title of paper;
          • Three to five keywords;
          • Main author’s name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, and email address;
          • Co-authors’ names and affiliations, if applicable.
    • To submit an application for a workshop, please send your CV and a tentative outline of the workshop to: by March 13, 2017.

Important dates:

Submission of abstracts and workshop proposals – March 13, 2017
Notification of pre-acceptance – March 24, 2017
Submission of full papers and workshop presentations – May 8, 2017
Notification of final acceptance – May 25, 2017

Financial Support: CRRC will provide up to three nights of lodging for the participants not based in Tbilisi, and lunch and dinner at the conference venue to all participants. Ground transportation will be provided for all participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan. The cost of airfare for participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan will not be covered. Please note that CRRC offers a limited number of scholarships covering travel and accommodation expenses to support postgraduate students and early career researchers from outside the South Caucasus,who need financial support in order to present at the conference. Scholarships will be granted based on the quality of submitted papers and available budget. Meanwhile, CRRC encourages international scholars to search for travel grants from other sources. CRRC will cover transportation and accommodation costs of workshop leaders who are not based in Tbilisi.

If you have any further questions, please contact us:

Address: CRRC-Georgia, 1 Chkhikvadze street (former 5 Chavchavadze street), 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +(995 32) 250 52 90