May 25, 2009

Corruption in Armenia: Evaluation of the Survey Dataset with the Use of Statistical Software

On May 23 and May 27, 2009, CRRC-Armenia held two trainings entitled “Corruption in Armenia: Evaluation of the Survey Dataset with the Use of Statistical Software (SPSS)” conducted by Mr. Ruben Gevorgyan and Mr. Ashot Kakosyan.


In 2008, CRRC-Armenia under the program of USAID Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity conducted household corruption survey in Armenia. Survey included 1,547 respondents representing the voting-age population in all administrative regions (Marzes) in Armenia. The questionnaire included about 80 questions on general corruption perceptions, personal experience, corruption related individual behavioral patterns, perceptions of government’s anticorruption actions, and other issues.

The training introduced participants the basics of the SPSS statistical package, corruption survey and sample methodology, ways of extracting needed information from the database, exploitation of the database, quantitative methods of analyzing the corruption database and other ways to interpret and analyze the corruption survey results. The handouts in Armenian are available for download here and here.

May 8, 2009

Call for Applications: Corruption in Armenia

USAID MAAC Activity and CRRC-Armenia are offering five research grants to explore primarily the database on corruption developed through the public opinion survey conducted in September-October 2008.

What issues are we looking to address?
We're looking for applied research that addresses corruption issues our country faces. In September-October 2008, CRRC-Armenia, in coordination with USAID MAAC Activity and IFES, conducted the Armenia Corruption Household Survey to explore the public opinion and perceptions of corruption issues within different spheres of public life.

The variety of topics covered in the survey gives an opportunity to analyze different aspects and different issues concerned with corruption. The analysis may contain simple charts of frequencies and respective comments, cross tabulations or more complex regression models, especially models with limited dependent variables (logit, probit regression models). Policy oriented papers that also contain recommendations on how to combat corruption in Armenia are especially welcome.

What results?
We want you to produce quality research papers/articles or other pieces using as a primary source of information the data collected in framework of the mentioned Corruption Survey. It is expected that the developed papers will be published at least in local media outlets. However, getting published in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals will give your research international recognition. We will also help you to present you findings to relevant stakeholders’ in Armenia.

What do you get?
You will have an exclusive opportunity to explore the survey based dataset. The research grant provides an opportunity to prove your professionalism, which you can use for many other applications (jobs, consultancy work, joint research projects, conference participation, etc). In terms of remuneration, each research proposal will enjoy about 380 000 (gross) AMD for two months of desk study.

Who is eligibile?
Applicants must be Armenian citizens or permanent residents of Armenia. Applications may be submitted by individual social science or humanities researchers, or by researchers and journalists affiliated with academic institutions, research institutes, mass media, NGOs, think tanks, and public agencies. Research experience and publishing records, especially in the area of corruption, as well as knowledge of English are an advantage.

How to apply?
Please fill in the application form and submit it along with your updated CV (indicating all your professional activities, any research conducted, and any other experience that would help your application to be convenient) to fellowship@crrc.am or bring it to CRRC-Armenia office at 52 Abovyan Str., room 305, by 17.00 (local time), May 20, 2009. The preferred language of the proposals is English, but you also can submit it in Armenian, and reserve some money within the budget for the translation of the final product in case of a successful proposal. In order to have a preliminary idea on the topics while preparing your proposal, please follow the link to download the survey questionnaires in English and Armenian and the dataset. For more ideas please also consult MAAC website at www.maac.am

For further information please contact Ms. Anna Sarkisyan, Program Manager, CRRC-Armenia, Tel.: (374 10) 58 13 30, 58 14 50 or E-mail: anna@crrc.am

May 6, 2009

Ethics and Corporate Social Reponsiblity

Ethical behavior and corporate social responsibility are conventionally seen as obligations of a business to go beyond what is dictated by law and economics to attend to the interests of stakeholders, other than its owners or shareholders, and to pursue long-term goals that are good for society. Corporate responsibility can be thought of as a four-storey pyramid, with economic responsibilities at the base, and philanthropic responsibilities at the top; in-between are the legal and ethical responsibilities of business.

Lecture on the topic of "Ethics and Corporate Social Reponsiblity: a Key to Sustained Competitiveness" was conducted by Dr. Theodore Panayotou (Cypros) on May 6, 2009. The lecture revealed different aspects within the business ethics as a management tool and corporate social responsibility as a competitive strategy. Corporate social responsibility is a source of competitive advantage that creates value for both business and society. Therefore, CSR is not simply the cherry on the top, it is one of the ingredients of the cake.