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 Analysis

Anna Gradlyan, Bella Baghdasaryan
Is “Googling” a Method? What Can the Internet Tell Us About the Non-Governmental Sector in Armenia

Valentina Gevorgyan, Mariam Matevosyan
 Camrin Christensen

Discussant: Ross Campbell

11:00 – 11: 30 – Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Making Sense of Qualitative Data
Surveys and Ethnographies: Points of Intersection

Milena Oganesyan
 Methods Applied to Exploration of the Sacred Spaces in Georgia: Narrative Discourse Analysis of Ethnographic Field Data

Nino Abakelia
Dialogical Approach to the Interpretation of Qualitative Data

Akulenko Anastasija
Facilitator: Koba Turmanidze

Discussant: 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 Analysis

Ewa Jarosz 
Accuracy of Expectations in Business Surveys

Vahe Movsisyan, Martin Galstyan
A Cross-cultural Comparison of the Work Ethic in Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey

Meltem Ceri-Booms
The Impact of Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization: Case Study For Armenia

Armine Sharanbekyan
 Gursel Aliyev

Discussant: 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 Context

Aynur Nabiyeva, Ulviyya Mikayilova, Vitaly Rasdky
Manipulation as an Element of Field Research

Karolina Pawlowska
Heghine Manasyan

Discussant: Tina Zurabishvili
18:00 – 18:15                
Closing Remarks 

Timothy Blauvelt, Chair of CRRC International Academic Advisory Board

18:30 – 20:00 – Dinner