Time to break out a grantee house party favorite–the CRRC drinking game!
CRRC (Caucasus Research Resource Center) “is a network of resource, research and training centers established in 2003 in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus.” Each year since 2008, a “Caucasus Barometer” survey is completed, in which a broad cross-section of respondents from each country answer questions about their beliefs, activities, and perceptions of certain institutions or ethnic groups. The answers can sometimes be quite surprising, making it a perfect drinking game for expats sticking out the Tbilisi winter in drafty apartments.
Select the survey–preferably the most recent Caucasus Barometer for the country in which you are working.
Select the variables (you can check a box to eliminate “don’t know”/”refused answer” responses). It is helpful to use Settlement Type (capital city, other urban, or rural), Sex, or Age Group as the first variable. For the second variable, choose the question you want to answer–as an example, did the respondent read a book in the last 6 months?
Place your bets–estimate which percentage of people did/did not (by region). For example, you might guess that given Georgia’s high literacy rate, 50% of Tbilisians have read at least one book in the last 6 months.
Check your bets against the results–whoever is furthest from the actual response takes a shot. The results are disappointingly low–only 34% of Tbilisians (“Capital,” in green) read a book!
Great way to learn about your host country while pregaming. Gaumarjos!