June 27, 2008

Data Archiving and Processing

On June 26-27, 2008, CRRC-Armenia held a methodological training on data archiving and processing conducted by Karine Sahakyan. The training was based of the regional event recently conducted in Tbilisi by Gary Pollock, a professor of Sociology from UK. The follow up trainings became traditional, when one or more of the participants of the regional training share knowledge and skills with their Armenian counterparts.

The training was designed to promote understanding of the need to systematically archive and document data; to increase ability to differentiate data types, structures and ability to use SPSS syntax to perform data derivation, data merging and analysis and to promote understanding of user guides for prospective data users.

June 25, 2008

The Impact of Dual Citizenship on Poverty Reduction in Armenia

Another CRRC Research Fellow Hasmik Hovhanesian, presented her research findings on June 25, 2008. The research was entitled "The Impact of Dual Citizenship on Poverty Reduction in Armenia" and was generously funded by UNDP Armenia.

The paper assessed how dual citizenship could have an influence on poverty reduction in Armenia, exploring the experience of India. As usual, the paper can be downloaded from CRRC-Armenia website. Dzovinar Derderian, a graduate student at Georgetown University and an intern at CRRC, has reviews the paper, and made her comments.

Constitutional Right for Jury Trial:Contributing to the Process of Armenia’s Democratization

On June 24, 2008 Tigran Harutyunyan presented finding of his research implemented in the scope of CRRC-Armenia Research Fellowship Program, entitled "Constitutional Right for Jury Trial: Contributing to the Process of Armenia’s Democratization".

Using examples of former Soviet Republics (Russia and Georgia), that have already implemented the Jury Trial institution, and taking into consideration culture, customs and legal traditions in Armenia, the paper tries to elaborate on whether our society is ready for taking responsibility for its own well being by judging its peers.

The paper is English language is available on CRRC-Armenia website.

June 20, 2008

How to Develop Winning Research Proposals?

A lecture "How to Develop Winning Research Proposals?" was conducted by Dr. Hans Gutbrod, the Regional Director of CRRC on June 20, 2008. The training was designed for those social science researchers who are going to apply for research grants, particularly for the CRRC research fellowships in the summer 2008.The lecture was based on the lessons learned during the implementation of the CRRC Fellowship program, highlighting the major challenges that the applicants for the CRRC fellowships have faced during the past years, and it provided advice on how to improve those research proposals. It also explained what the goal and the main requirements for the CRRC fellowships were.

For more on CRRC research fellowships, please visit our website.

June 13, 2008

Economy, Trade and Ethnicity in Borderlands

On June 12, 2008 Artak Dabaghyan, CRRC Armenia Fellow presented findings on his research entitled "Economy, Trade and Ethnicity in Borderlands: Ethnographic Survey in Tavush Region of Armenia."

The ethnographical survey in the Tavush region of Armenia aims to explain how the trade on the Armenian-Georgian-Azerbaijani border affects peoples' ethnic stereotypes and political attitudes. The study included focus groups and interviews with community members, traders, local administration and NGO representatives, as well as on-site ethnographic observations.

Photos made by the fellow at the borderlands in Tavush region, Armenia.As usual, the paper is available at CRRC-Armenia website.

June 9, 2008

Judicial Design and Election Disputes: Lessons from Armenia and Georgia

On June 9, 2008 CRRC-Armenia hold a lecture-discussion "Judicial Design and Election Disputes: Lessons from Armenia and Georgia" conducted by Bryon J. Moraski, whose research focuses on the relationship between political institutions and political behavior.

This focus incorporates questions on strategic relations between branches of government, the politics of institutional choice, and the influence of short-term electoral incentives on the prospects for democratic consolidation. Currently he is conducting research on the role the judiciary has played in post-Soviet election disputes, including those in Armenia and Georgia. During the lecture Dr. Moraski shared some preliminary thoughts on cross-country learning processes.

Basics of Statistical and Econometric Analysis using SPSS

CRRC is committed to modernizing the skill sets of local researchers and providing hands-on opportunities to learn about relevant statistical software packages. Apart from designing SPSS Online Crash Course, it also organizes methodological trainings on SPSS on a regular basis.

From June 2-7 , 2008 CRRC-Armenia held a methodological training "Basics of Statistical and Econometric Analysis using SPSS" which was conducted by Ruben Gevorgyan. The training was designed for social scientists having basic knowledge in conducting quantitative analysis using Excel and SPSS packages. The training had e-learning and face-to-face components, and it aimed at providing social scientists with quantitative analysis skills including data collection, modeling and data analysis methods.

June 6, 2008

Breakdown of Social Structure: The Hitler Salute and Nazi-Germany

CRRC-Armenia in cooperation with YERITAC YNGO hosted a lecture-discussion entitled "Breakdown of Social Structure: The Hitler Salute and Nazi-Germany" conducted by Prof. Dr. Tilman Allert (Frankfurt a.M., Germany) on June 5, 2008.

Tilman Allert is a professor of sociology and social psychology at the University of Frankfurt. The lecture focused on his book The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture, which explains the phenomenon of the infamous greeting, the symbol of National Socialism, and shows what happened when the traditional ways of greetings were replaced with Hitler salute.

Prof. Allert is signing a copy of his book before donating it to the center.

June 5, 2008

Gap Analysis for Armenia: Monitoring Country Progress

On June 4, 2008 CRRC-Armenia held a lecture "Gap Analysis for Armenia: Monitoring Country Progress." The lecture was presented by Mr. Swedberg in a highly visual ‘spider chart’ format enabling comparisons of key indicators of Armenia to those of a cohort of benchmark nations in specific points in their recent history.

Mr. Swedberg covered the related topic of how recipient countries move from one category to another in the US Government’s assistance framework and touched upon lessons learned from legacy mechanisms developed in the recent phase-out missions in Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania. The lecture was followed by Q&A session and discussions.

June 3, 2008

Prevalence of Physical Activity and Barriers to Physical Activity Among Yerevan Adult Population

How important is physical activity in our lives? For some people it is a profession, for others it is something to watch on TV, while some people do not like it at all and believe they do not have to be physically active to live a full life. Despite the proven benefits of physical activity and increasing knowledge of the health risks of sedentary lifestyle, most of the world continues to live in a sedentary society.

On June 3, 2008, at CRRC-Armenia premises Liana Hakobyan presented findings of her research entitlted "Prevalence of Physical Activity and Barriers to Physical Activity Among Yerevan Adult Population" conducted within CRRC Research Fellowship Program.

This cross-sectional telephone survey aimed to determine the prevalence of physical activity among adults in Yerevan, Armenia; to identify the association between physical activity and sociodemographic indicators (age, gender, education, occupation, income and marital status) as well as to reveal the major barriers and motivators to physical activity. The surveyed sample consisted of 369 men and women, aged 18-65 years old, speaking Armenian and living in Yerevan, Armenia.

Overall, 57% of the participants consider themselves as physically active people. There is a discrepancy between subjective perception of physical activity and objective level of activity: from those 194 people reported no activity or minimal activity, 48% are satisfied by their level of physical activity. Ms. Hakobyan has explored the extent of physical activity of adults in Yerevan, health risks that they face when they have sedentary life style, and barriers to physical activity. She has also developed approaches for an effective public health policy to improve the health status of adults.

The paper in English is available at CRRC-Armenia website.

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