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ISDC delivers a mixed research methods course in Kyrgyzstan  

Damir Esenaliev, Senior Researcher at ISDC, and Philipp Schröder, Research Affiliate at ISDC and lecturer at the University of Freiburg, conducted a research module on mixed methods research for the M.A. program ‘Economic Governance’ at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The module covered impact evaluation methods from the quantitative side and introduced students to basics of qualitative, ethnographic research. The module employed empirical data and reports from the ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Study, as well as from a research project on community driven development and social cohesion in which the lecturers were jointly involved between 2014-2017. Besides classroom work, the students had an opportunity to gain first-hand experiences in collecting field data on the correlations between social cohesion and employment, migration, communication technologies, and languages. The next round of training is scheduled for 2020 and envisions that students’ research efforts expand to projects on development cooperation currently implemented in Kyrgyzstan.

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Evaluator training for the project “Seeds of Resilience”

In October, Ghassan Baliki conducted a baseline training for enumerators as part of the project “Seeds of Resilience: Quasi-Experimental Impact Analysis of an FAO Emergency Intervention in Syria”. The training took place at the Ministry of Agriculture, where about 30 enumerators from 9 Governorates in Syria participated. The data collection took place in November 2018. […]

ISDC co-hosts the Fourth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan conference in Bishkek

The Fourth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) conference took place in Bishkek on 17-18 October 2018. The academic event was attended by over 150 participants from 11 countries. The conference was organised by the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center. […]

Second Workshop in Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys

ISDC researchers provided training at the second “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” workshop, on 10-14 September in Perugia, Italy, as part of a workshop series organised by the World Bank. The participants included staff from National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in Africa and Middle East. The instructors included staff from the World Bank, the International […]