Applied Social Research in Central Asia

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What We Do

Since 2012 Central Asia Barometer has been operating in three areas:

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Research

We conduct a wide range of applied social research projects, both on the national and regional levels, based on recognized international quality standards. Over the past ten years, we’ve perfected our procedures for appropriate sampling, data collection, field administration, response coding, data processing, and documentation.

Analytics

CAB brings together a pool of international experts who adhere to the principles of scientific and objective analyses and develop in-depth analytical material based on the conducted surveys to understand trends, mechanisms, and reasons for regional changes.

Dialogue

We believe that Central Asia urgently needs open dialogue within the region and externally. Central Asia Barometer takes on the role of organizing multiple dialogue and cooperation platforms, involving government officers, international organizations, scientists, experts and activists from around the world, interested in Central Asia. 

Research process

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Research Design

Prior to field work, we:

  • Identify survey objectives, topics and sources
  • Determine data collection strategies: sampling, selection probabilities and weighing schemes
  • Design methodologies for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed surveys
  • Develop preliminary material and testing
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Data Collection
  • On the field, we conduct: 
    • Polls, in-depth interviews, focus groups, panels, desk analysis, media monitoring
    • TAPI, PAPI, CATI, and online data collection methods
    • Briefings, training courses and guidelines for interviewers, survey operators and focus group moderators
    • Capacity building activities for national vendor-contractors
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Quality Control

We guarantee strict, systematic quality control thanks to: 

  • GPS route control, 
  • Check-up calls to respondents, 
  • Check-up visits to households, 
  • Audio/video recordings, 
  • Wiretapping recordings,
  • Direct supervision.
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Interpretation & Analysis

We then analyze the collected data by providing: 

  • Data sorting and weighting 
  • Post-stratification weighting
  • Analytical and methodological report
  • Visualization and cross-tabulations.

Central Asia Barometer Survey

The Central Asia Barometer Survey is one of CAB's large-scale research projects, implemented regularly since 2017. Key highlights: 

  • Around 60 000 interviews since 2017; 
  • All Central Asian countries covered; 
  • 8 waves conducted to date;
  • Conducted regularly twice a year (spring and autumn waves); 
  • Sample sizes of 1500 - 2000; 
  • TAPI and CATI methods;
  • The core part of the questionnaire remains the same from one wave to another; 
  • Unique insights on attitudes towards foreign countries, international organizations and domestic politics, including elections, government policies, media usage, public health, security and economy.

Projects

Latest Publications

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25.11.2021

United Central Asia. Obstacles, Opportunities, Prospects. Summary Repo...
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23.12.2020

Internal migration in Kyrgyzstan Survey Report
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23.12.2020

Kennan Cable No. 56: No Great Game: Central Asia’s Public Opinions on...
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23.12.2020

Summary Report The COVID-19 Crisis and its Impact on Central Asia Conf...
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23.12.2020

Summary Report Value Transformation in Central Asia Conference by the...
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22.12.2020

Russian Media Influence in Central Asia: Easy to Imagine, Difficult to...

Latest News

30.11.2021

Most unknown countries for Kazakhstani and Uzbekistani in Central Asia

23.11.2021

Which country is best for living, studying, working or tourism in Central A...

12.11.2021

CAB hosted an online event on “United Central Asia. Obstacles, Opportunitie...

12.11.2021

CAB presented its research results at the "Life in Kyrgyzstan" conference

12.11.2021

Meeting with researchers of corruption issues in Kyrgyzstan

02.11.2021

Kazakhstani and Uzbekistani views on who is the first to help their country