How Would You Study the Public Opinion?
Researchers of leading centers for the study of public opinion in Russia (VTsIOM) and Uzbekistan (Ijtimoiy Fikr) have gathered in Tashkent to discuss topical issues in the study of public opinion.
Founded in 1987, VTsIOM is today one of the leading organizations in the Russian market for sociological reasearch and marketing services. The priority area is to conduct sociological research of a political, social and electoral nature, work commissioned by federal and regional government bodies.
Natalia Sedova, Assistant Director General of VTsIOM for Science, Head of Basic Research, told Uzbek colleagues about the main trends in society and the research industry, changes in approaches, methods and technologies, and the subject field for studying public opinion.
What influences the researcher and his work, how to track these changes and use them in their work, how companies and sociologists change to meet the mainstream? How to take into account the factor of development of civil society, civic activity in research? All these questions were covered by the speaker.
Representatives of Uzbekistan, in particular, specialists from the Ijtimoiy Fikr scientific and analytical center, shared the results of the center’s research in a report entitled “Dialogue between the State and Civil Society: New Mechanisms for Effective Interaction.”
Discussion of problems and solutions in the study of public opinion continued in the format of a comprehensive question and answer session, as well as in an informal setting.
Following the meeting, within the framework of a renewed agreement on cooperation between organizations, an exhibition called “Russia is surprised” is scheduled as part of a special project of VTsIOM in Uzbekistan based on Ijtimoiy Fikr and a popular science project for Uzbekistan is being held in the spring of 2019 in a special exit session of the sociological school for VTsIOM Ijtimoiy Fikr employees and young researchers from other organizations and universities of Uzbekistan, implementing joint research projects.