Past Projects

CRRC has a rigorously trained staff and follows standards in survey sampling and questionnaire design set by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).  CRRC has carried out a number of extensive projects. For example, CRRC has been conducting the annual Caucasus Barometer survey  (formerly called the Data Initiative) which is the single largest coordinated data gathering effort in the South Caucasus covering political, social and economic issues. CRRC has conducted other surveys on a wide range of topics including media, migration, attitudes towards the EU, political attitudes, and social cohesion, among others. A  list of research projects can be found here:

Evaluation of ABA ROLI Projects

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: ABA ROLI
Dates: November 2011- February 2013
Project objectives: (1)Conduct mid-term and final evaluations of three projects such as Human Rights Training Initiative, Anti-trafficking Project, Media Project; (2) Provide recommendations to ABA ROLI on further improvement of the projects’ design and activities.
Research design: In-depth interviews with key stakeholders, quantitative phone interviews and focus groups with the training participants.

Community Youth Peace Building through New Media

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: FCO, UK
Dates: February 2012- April 2012
Project objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the EPF project aimed at the promotion of a dialogue and cooperation among young people from Armenia and Azerbaijan through use of new media and networking.
Research design: Focus groups with the three groups: 1) participants of the cross-border projects; 2) young people, Baku residents, that were not involved in any cross-border activities; 3) young people, residents of the regions, that were not involved in any cross-border activities.
Output: Report

STEP/Household Skills Measurement

Country: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Funder: The World Bank
Dates: June 2012 – June 2013
Project objective: The main objective of the research is to determine how different skills sets affect individuals labor market opportunities. The studies are expected to fill critical knowledge gaps on the role and demand for different types of skills sets in the labor market and assist in the design of tailored education and training policies to boost employability and productivity.
Research design: The study consists of three components: (1) workforce development and policy assessment; (2) survey with firms; (3) nationally representative household survey.
Output: Database and final report.

Social Capital, Media and Gender Survey in Azerbaijan

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Dates: December – March 2012
Project objective: The main research objective is to conduct a survey to assess the knowledge and attitudes of the population toward social capital, media and gender issues.
Research design: Nationally representative survey; Complex sampling (stratified and cluster). Targeted sample size was over 1200 with the response rate being around 83%.
Output: Dataset.

Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants in Azerbaijan

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan
Dates: June-October 2009
Project title: Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants in Azerbaijan
Commissioned by DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan
Project objective: To provide technical support to DAI Inc. in conducting a baseline survey for the Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan (USAID). CRRC helped DAI, Inc. with designing survey questionnaire, pre-field training for the interviewers, data entry and prepared report describing the findings of the survey.
Research design: a Semi-structured survey of 85 Member of Parliament Assistants (MPA). The survey had over 60 questions covering different aspects of the MPA’s activities like work with constituents and media, outreach, accessibility of the constituent offices, policy research skills and experience. The results were used in the calculation of the Constituency Representation Index developed by DAI, Inc.
Output: Survey Report and Presentation slides for the Administration of the Parliament.

Study on Impediments and Constraints for the Cross Border Trade and Investments between Georgia and Azerbaijan

Country: Georgia, Azerbaijan
Funder: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Dates: April-June 2011
Project title: Study on impediments and constraints for the cross-border trade and investments between Georgia and Azerbaijan
Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Project objective: The main goal of the study is to analyze the trade structure between Georgia and Azerbaijan, to explore the new export and investment opportunities, to identify cross-border trade and investment constraints and impediments. Implementing partner in Georgia: GeoWel Research.
Research design: A review of the economic situation and business climate in Georgia and Azerbaijan, including analysis of existing studies on the subject. Six surveys in total, three in each country, including a survey among exporting companies, a survey of transportation companies and a survey of truck drivers at the border.
Output: Report.

Social Protection and Social Inclusion in Azerbaijan

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: The European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affair and Equal Opportunities
Dates: September 2009 – November 2010
Project title: Social Protection and Social Inclusion in Azerbaijan
Commissioned by the European Commission
Project objective: To prepare a well designed national report on “Social Protection and Social Inclusion in Azerbaijan” based on available datasets which should follow the key objectives of EU’s Social Protection Process and use the core indicators with focus on country specific problems.
Research design: Desk study and case studies

Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants 2010 in Azerbaijan, Wave 2

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan
Dates: February-April 2010
Project title: Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants, 2010, Azerbaijan Wave 2, Commissioned by DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan
Project objective: To provide technical support to DAI Inc. in conducting a follow-up survey for the Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan (USAID). The survey results were used to track the progress of the Program. CRRC helped DAI, Inc. with designing survey questionnaire, pre-field training for the interviewers, data entry and prepared report describing the findings of the survey.
Research design: Semi-structured survey of 82 Member of Parliament Assistants (MPA). The survey had over 60 questions covering different aspects of the MPAs’ activities like work with constituents and media, outreach, accessibility of the constituent offices, policy research skills and experience. The results were used in the calculation of the Constituency Representation Index jointly developed by DAI, Inc and CRRC.
Output: Survey Report and Presentation slides for the Administration of the Parliament (not public).

Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants in Azerbaijan 2011

Country: Azerbaijan
Funder: Wave 3, (DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan)
Dates: July-September 2011
Project title: Survey of Member of Parliament Assistants, 2011
Commissioned by DAI Inc., USAID Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan
Project objective: To provide technical support to DAI Inc. in conducting an end-line survey for the Parliamentary Program in Azerbaijan (USAID). The survey results were used to track the progress and impact of the Program. CRRC helped DAI, Inc. with data entry, calculated Constituency Representation Index and prepared analytical charts and tables for the report describing the findings of the survey.
Research design: a Semi-structured survey of 73 Member of Parliament Assistants (MPA). The survey had over 60 questions covering different aspects of the MPAs’ activities like work with constituents and media, outreach, accessibility of the constituent offices, policy research skills and experience. The results were used in the calculation of the Constituency Representation Index jointly developed by DAI, Inc, and CRRC.
Output: Panel Dataset and analytical charts and tables for the survey report (not public).

Youth Transitions and Their Family-household Contexts in the South Caucasus

Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Funder: INTAS
Dates: September 2006 – June 2009
Project title: Youth Transitions and their Family-household Contexts in the South Caucasus Commissioned by INTAS
Project objective: To study youth transitions and their family-household contexts in the South Caucasus. The focus was on collecting detailed data on employment, education, housing, family and leisure histories.
Research design: The South Caucasus Life History survey sample was young people born between 1970 and 1976 (about 400 respondents per country). The samples in each country were equally divided between the capital cities (Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan) and specimen non-capital regions – Aran-Mugan in Azerbaijan, Kotayk in Armenia and Shida Kartli in Georgia. The main survey was complemented by in-depth, open-ended, follow-up interviews with up to eight respondents per country.

Media Bias Focus Groups in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan
Funder: UK Embassy
Dates: July – August 2008
Project title: Media Bias Focus Groups in Armenia and Azerbaijan
Commissioned by UK Embassy
Project objective: To provide a preliminary assessment of public attitudes towards the media, especially regarding relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Research design: CRRC has carried out desk research and eight focus groups – four in Yerevan and four in Baku. Of those four, one was comprised of women under 40, one of women over 40, one of men under 40, and one of men over 40. CRRC recruited 20 people for each focus group to ensure the attendance of at least 10 participants.