Capacity Assessment of NACET and Development of ICT Guidelines for Addressing New Forms of ICT-Related Social Risks

2013 - 2014

In 2013 -2014 ICHD was contracted by the Center for Education Projects to carry out capacity and needs assessment for the National Center for Education Technologies in order to understand the potential areas of improvement in the Center’s operation.  In addition, it designed and conducted a research study to identify the pertinent forms of social risks for children caused by the use of ICT and to develop ICT guidelines to address the identified risks. The scope of activities for these two studies included a desk review of official documents and relevant reports concerning NACET; study of the legal framework related to the use of ICT by children in Armenia and relevant international experience; semi-structured interviews with stakeholders (NACET, MoES, NIE, school teachers, parents, pediatricians; psychologists, etc.); focus group interviews with middle- and high-school students, teachers and parents and finally, a survey with the same participants. Based on the findings of capacity and needs assessment a report was prepared on the assessment of current NACET capacities and a general plan for its institutional strengthening. The findings of the study on ICT-related social risks undelay preparation of a list of the forms of social risks and development of ICT guidelines to address these risks. The guidelines included specific mechanisms for filtering adult websites and adult content for school children.



Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

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Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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The publication is available only in Armenian.



Analysis of Public Policy on Extending Early Childhood Care and Development Services to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection

The present public policy analysis was prepared by the International Center for Human Development in close collaboration with the Working Group set up to implement the Program to Prevent Sex-Selective Abortions. In fact, the analysis ranges among the most successful efforts in recent years in collaboration among relevant specialists, NGOs, governmental agencies, international development partners and other stakeholders overcoming the most dangerous challenges facing the public at large. The analysis report and the data, information, evidence, findings and recommendations therein will lay a solid and reliable foundation for mapping out and implementing a public policy on setting up an early childhood care and development system, introducing service models and outlining further actions to achieve enhanced women’s labor force participation and work-family reconciliation, a primary objective of combating gender-biased sex-selection.