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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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Simple statistical tools fail to describe jobs well in developing countries, new research by Damir Esenaliev and Neil Ferguson shows

In November 2018, Social Indicators Research published an original research article by Damir Esenaliev and Neil Ferguson on the relationship between good jobs and personal wellbeing. This study is one of the first conducted in a development context that looks beyond simple measures of job quality suggested by the classical labour supply model. This research […]

Workshop on Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys

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