Research Intro: The Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia (CRRC-Armenia) is one of the established Armenian think tanks with the best international practices and local know-how in designing and implementing multi-component projects, analyzing qualitative and qualitative data and delivering high caliber analyses, reports and presentations in English and Armenian for a wide range of audiences on community, regional and national level, as well as communicating these to a wide range of audiences spanning from sectoral public and international stakeholders to regional and community groups and beneficiaries.
Institutional Intro: Established in 2003 a part of CRRC network operating in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia within The Eurasia Partnership Foundation, CRRC-Armenia was registered as a local Foundation in 2013, inheriting CRRC institutional memory and the goal to strengthen social science research and public policy analysis in Armenia. It employs a multi-disciplinary highly qualified staff and has well-established internal transparent procedures. The organization is audited according to international standards and is supervised by a board of recognized international figures, including former ambassadors, politicians and scholars.
Project Portfolio: For the last decade CRRC-Armenia has designed and conducted over 50 nation-wide surveys, 100 focus group discussions and 300 in-depth, expert interviews across Armenia, with research projects covering a wide range of issues including community development, education, migration, entrepreneurship, social capital, civil society development, environment, alternative resources in media, tax reform, and corruption in Armenia.
Specific research experience: A particular strength of the CRRC-Armenia is the specific field expertise in measuring societal perceptions on pressing social issues. The Caucasus Barometer (a coordinated data gathering on household knowledge, attitudes and practices to increase cross-comparison of regional social and economic dynamics across the South Caucasus), The World Values Survey (providing researchers, social scientists and public policy makers with insight into the values, beliefs and motivations of Armenians and how these factors have both changed over time as compared with other societies throughout the world), the study on Social Cohesion in the Armenian Society (revealing the level of social, economic and political cohesion in the society) are some of these examples.
Other advantages: Additionally, CRRC has a large country-wide network of fellows developed throughout a decade (researchers, interviewers, etc.) engaged in their respective research and other activities, including a wide range of issues on migration, and by thus, serves as a unique hub of knowledge and expertise on these issues. Especially in response to the escalation of the conflict in Syria and about 16000 Syrian Armenians fleeing from Syria and resettling in Armenia (be it temporary or permanent) the CRRC-Armenia provided special fellowships for writing papers on Syrian Armenians. Of them, the papers "The problem of social exclusion of Syrian immigrants: sociological analysis" and “Syrian Armenians in Armenia: Pathways and Barriers to Integration” and their subsequent presentations acclaimed a huge interest by the academic community, state stakeholders, international organisations and CSOs.
CRRC as a Consortium member: Alongside to extensive portfolio of research projects for 2014-2018 CRRC-Armenia is the member of the implementing consortium for the USAID-funded “Civic Engagement in Local Governance” (CELoG) project working to increase civic engagement and oversight of decentralization and local self-government reform at the national and local levels. The project is sustaining and improving civil society’s ability to engage citizens and articulate their interests in local self-government and decentralization reforms, strengthening civil society’s capacity for monitoring the central and local government institutions and officials, and increasing citizens’ access to independent and reliable information on decentralization reforms. In particular, CRRC-Armenia is designing and implementing the research (baseline and end- line surveys and a qualitative study) to facilitate and inform the project. Also, the Organisation is engaged in the USAID-funded The “CSO DePo: CSO Development Program” aimed at fostering sustainable civil society development through strengthening the capacity of CSOs as critical actors to advance and oversee reform, improve services and contribute to the development of more effective governance in the economic, democratic, health and social spheres.
Given the strong regional network and excellent track record of collaboration with major international agencies working in Armenia, the South Caucasus, the EU and US the CRRC-Armenia is the right organisation to be engaged in projects both on national and regional and international level.