For every researcher, help

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The week 18-22 of September I was lucky to take part in the first in Europe and Central Asia cognitive testing of the module on inclusive education developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Washington Group. Students of Nazarbayev University completed training on conducting interviews and tested the module on functional features of development and disability of children. Apart from gaining a huge experience in interviewing people and summarizing the results, we discovered a lot about UNICEF’s activities and programs in Kazakhstan. I want to share some knowledge and sources that will probably be useful for other young researchers.

UNICEF works across 190 countries protecting the rights of children, providing them with opportunities to study, and improving standards of living. The activities vary from country to country depending on the context of the country and living conditions. UNICEF supports children who fall a victim to violence, natural disasters, migrant crises or terroristic acts. In Kazakhstan, UNICEF is mostly involved in actions for the protection of children’s rights and research about children’s wellbeing.

1.jpg is a good source of publications and research studies on children’s living and studying conditions in Kazakhstan. One of the latest publications is “The statistical yearbook “Children of Kazakhstan” (available in 3 languages) which was published in June 2017 on a joint initiative of the Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Representative Office of UNICEF in Kazakhstan. This yearbook contains all the statistical data about children in the Republic of Kazakhstan and includes such sections as Demographic Characteristics, Health and Healthy Lifestyle, Education, Leisure for Children, Social Protection of Children, Employment of Youth. Many others publications present reports on UNICEF activities in Kazakhstan and data analysis across different regions of the country.

Also, you can watch a series of simple and entertaining videos with the results of UNICEF’s studies (ex. Results of the study “Violence against children in the family” Results of the MICS – Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in Kazakhstan).

I hope these resources will be useful for those who write about children’s education and their position in the society of Kazakhstan.

P.S. Do not forget to evaluate critically all the information you use in your research!

3 thoughts on “For every researcher, help

  1. Thanks, Maria.

    Your post is rather informative and does a nice job to highlight the most important aspects of your recent training session. It is clearly geared toward the reader, and I’m sure many will find it helpful.

    Only one grammatical mistake: The… (Have you ever heard of the Google or the Facebook?) Try “UNICEF’s website,, is…” or simply “ is…”


  2. Dear @mariaminu,

    I really found this post informative and useful in terms of gathering literature for writing papers. You made me think in terms of asking right and suitable questions while interviewing parents. I picked two tips from our conversation about UNICEF, elaboration on questions and psychological awareness. You described different situations and ways how parents perceived questions differently. I will need to be careful during my interviewing(thesis) and follow these tips. Thank you for them!


    1. Thank you, maira1291 for the attention you have given to my work! The blog post was about looking for sources; our conversation was about conducting interviews. And I am so glad that both of them were useful for you as a researcher!


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