The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) -Armenia is part of CRRC program, a network of resource and training centers established in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus.
The program aims to achieve three important outcomes:
A partnership between the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, and local universities (CRRC-Armenia is located at the Yerevan State University building) , the CRRC network offers scholars and practitioners stable opportunities for integrated research and training by providing resources, services and programs.Library and IT Lab
CRRC host libraries that house a growing number of seminal works and current journals and periodicals in the social sciences. In addition, all three centers offer free access to IT labs equipped with high-speed Internet, major online social science journals, databases on economy and social development related to the South Caucasus, as well as a variety of international data sources.Trainings, Lectures, Conferences and Roundtables
Local and regional training courses, seminars and lectures are offered on a variety of social science topics, attracting both local and foreign experts. CRRC methodological training activities focus on modernizing the skill sets of local researchers and providing hands-on opportunities by using relevant statistical software packages. In addition, CRRC centers have experience hosting local, regional and international conferences, round tables and summer schools to discuss and debate key public policy issues, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers and practitioners.
Data is a critically important foundation for social research, but in the South Caucasus reliable, up-to-date and accessible data on social, political and economic issues are often in short supply. A focus on providing and maintaining access to sound data is a priority for CRRC. Moving beyond their function as a collecting point for existing datasets, the centers sponsor and collect data focusing on a wide range of social, economic and political variables related to the South Caucasus.
A focus on providing and maintaining access to sound data is a priority for CRRC. Տhe centers have begun to collect data focusing on local and regional economies of the South Caucasus on an annual basis since 2004 to increase cross-comparison of regional social and economic dynamics. The surveys are carried out using comparable methodologies across all three countries of the South Caucasus.
The survey instruments (questionnaires), show cards, the detailed sampling methodology document, the survey databases (in SPSS format) and some preliminary findings are posted on the CRRC regional website at http://www.crrccenters.org/
The Fellowship Program
The CRRC Fellowship Program was launched in 2004 to support outstanding researchers in the South Caucasus interested in pursuing original policy-oriented research. CRRC gives out grants to fellows to analyze policy relevant issues in economics, sociology, demography and other social science related fields. Since 2007, the Fellowship Program has been administered through an online learning platform called Moodle. The online platform allows applicants to learn while they apply.
CRRC Moodle and Blog
CRRC now uses Moodle to provide training while administering its Fellowship Program. CRRC also employs Moodle for managing research projects and for developing local core social science training modules in the region. To explore, CRRC's Moodle platform, click here. CRRC-Armenia runs Moodle platform for local trainings in English and Armenian languages here.
In November 2006, CRRC launched its regional blog. From Nairobi to Sydney and from Bishkek to Los Angeles, the blog now attracts readers worldwide by summarizing research on the South Caucasus. You can find the blog by clicking here. CRRC-Armenia has a separate blog highlighting the major events and activities of center here.
To learn more about CRRC-Armenia, please visit http://www.crrc.am/
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As part of the “Sweet Confusion – Sweet Sixties” project, the National Association of Art Critics (AICA Armenia), together with Anadolu Kültür, National Armenian Cinema Center, Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform and tranzit.at, will hold screenings of a number of Armenian and Turkish films and a cinema and cultural critics’ conference on June 11-13 in Nairi Cinema in Yerevan.