September 28, 2007

Everything You Need to Know about Blogs

On September 28, 2007 an orientation training entitled "Everything You Need to Know About Blogs" was conducted by Gohar Khachatryan CRRC-Armenia Librarian/Information Specialist.

The PowerPoint presentation is available on the web here.

September 24, 2007

Best Practices in the Collection of Migration Data in Armenia

On September 19, 2007 CRRC-Armenia hosted a workshop on "Best Practices in the Collection of Migration Data in Armenia" conducted by Aaron Erlich, CRRC Regional Development and Outreach Coordinator. The workshop involved 12 participants from different organizations including State Migration Agency, Public Health Care Reform Project (USAID/EMG), Military Hospital of CIS, ICHD, Foundation for Small and Medium Businesses, FIDEC Representative in Armenia and Aplha Plus Consulting.

Participants looked at three large surveys (MiReM, MMP, Nanrong). Particularly they discussed the designs and debated about pros and cons of the ethnosurvey. During the group exercises and the brainstorming, the participants discussed potential benefits and problems of the surveys when adapting to the Armenian reality. The participants shared their ideas on what might work in Armenia regarding structure of surveys and sampling based on their work experience. Importance of documentation and building on knowledge on migration related data process was emphasized throughout the workshop.

The PowerPoint slides of the presentation are available online here.

The Perspectives for the Introduction of Mandatory Medical Insurance in Armenia

On September 13, 2007 a fellowship presentation on "The Perspectives for the Introduction of Mandatory Medical Insurance in Armenia" was held at CRRC-Armenia premises. The the purpose was to present the results of the research conducted by Anahit Gulyan and Gayane Hrachyan, CRRC-Armenia 2006 fellows. The presentation was well attended considering that the topic is of high interest within the country.

The draft report was peer reviewed by Victor Aghadjanyan, Arizona State University and CRRC-Armenia Fellowship Selection Committee member, and was further developed to be presented to the public. In addition, the paper was reviewed and commented by Hayk Zayimtsyan, YSU, and Marine Payaslyan, “Arabkir” UFAR The discussants provided valuable comments both on the content and the methodology used during the research and made suggestion towards the improvement of the paper for its further dissemination.

After the presenter and the discussant expressed their opinions, the audience had a chance for a discussion. The latter was even more impressive since professionals within the sphere made their comments on the paper while presenting actual data and real and up-to-date information. Among the persons directly involved in the issue were Mr. Hovhannes Margaryants, Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Health, Mr. Saro Tsaturyan, General Director, "Diagnostica" Medical Corp, Mr. Movses Aristakesyan, and others. Mrs. Gulyan thanked the public for their contribution and promised to improve the paper according to the advices where appropriate.
Anahit Gulyan's paper is available for download here. We will appreciate your feedback.

September 18, 2007

Data Processing and Analysis

A training on "Data Processing and Analysis" was conducted on September 17-September 18 by Dr. Gary Pollock (Professor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK).


CRRC-Armenia now has a blog!