New generation of young researchers

Publised: Monday, February 23, 2015

Public Policy Initiative year-long project for Kazakhstani young researchers is over. Throughout the year 9 project participants attended various training workshops and by the end of the project they prepared analytical papers on issues topical for Kazakhstan.

"This initiative aimed at developing public policy in Kazakhstan through building up capacity of young researchers”, Bota Ayazbayeva, Initiative Director says. “Unfortunately currently there are few experts able to analyze happenings in economics, politics, and education and so on. We believe this unique initiative will help to make up for existing need in such professionals”.

Project participants were young Kazakhstani scientists from amongst university students, Bolashak and other educational program grantees, and local analytical center staff. Within the project they learnt making applied surveys, interpreting data and come up with recommendations on key issues, presenting and disseminating received knowledge, answer easily and clearly questions made.   

Senior project trainers, International Center of Policy Advocacy staff (ICPA, such as Owen Young, Lisa Quinn, Ashot Khurshudyan and Yelena Klitsunova delivered different trainings during the year, provided consultations to the participants on how to write well their analytical reports. In addition, every project participant benefited from advising of the assigned subject mentor.

Training content was diversified and at the same time complementary. The knowledge I have acquired at training will surely be helpful for my follow-up work as an expert and researcher”, Kassymkhan Kapparov, a project participant says.    

This project first of all has given me comprehensive understanding of analytical tools and works in public policy. Now when the project has been completed I can state without doubts that I have reached a higher level as a researcher”, Serik Beisembayev added.

“You know, it was one of the most intense and valuable programs I’ve ever taken part in. This is thanks to amazing “practically persistent” trainers always available to support, committed and devoted organizers, as well as good guys in the team we have made friends with”, Malika Tukmadieva noted.  

Over the year the project participants actively tried themselves at various discussion grounds, such as Cyprus Analytical Group, Ekvilibro TV show by Vlast Internet journal, sent publications to Kazakhstani print media. “Doing this not only do we want to stir a public dialog but also make it multi-faceted and open new names of young experts. It was a great hand-on experience for these young people. Opportunity to voice their recommendations at such authoritative grounds and in mass media is an excellent rehearsal before official presentation of their works”,Bota Ayazbayeva explains.

To date the project participants have finished writing their papers. The most challenging project stage is ahead. Leading Kazakhstani and international experts will evaluate the works and recommendations proposed. Authors of best works will go to take a five-month internship at The Elliott School of International Affairs under The George Washington University (USA) to advance received knowledge and skills.