Major research on Diaspora public opinion to be launched in North America
The Armenian Diaspora Survey (ADS), an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is led by a group of scholars and researchers under the auspices of the Armenian Institute in London.
The study provides valuable insights into diaspora public opinion and an important snapshot of people’s thoughts on a host of issues. It offers evidence-based knowledge to the public and valuable data to community leaders, activists and policy makers in particular, giving them a better understanding and analysis of their communities for the development of programmes and projects.
ADS director Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian of Oxford University explained: “In our research we ask the respondents their thoughts and views on identity and related issues of belonging. Other themes include language and culture, church and religion, community engagement, and relations with Armenia.”
Any Armenian, aged 18 and older, living in the United States and Ontario, Canada can take the survey online, starting on May 6th. Printed questionnaires will also be available to those who wish to complete it offline.
ADS started with a pilot study in 2018. So far the survey has been carried out in 10 countries and in over 20 diaspora communities.
“We are pleased this multi-country systematic survey is coming to North America,” said Dr. Razmik Panossian, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Armenian Communities Department. “Given the enormous challenges facing Armenia and Armenians, this research will have tangible policy consequences,” he added.
The results of the 2018 and 2019 studies have been published separately. In addition to English, the 2019 study is also available in Armenian and Spanish. All of the reports could be downloaded for free from ADS website: https://www.armeniandiasporasurvey.com.