Eurasia Barometer Research Consortium has an extensive experience of joint research cooperation over the last 25 years. Director of the Eurasia Barometer Prof. Christian W.Haerpfer, has been the Principal Investigator of more than 20 comparative large-scale quantitative surveys analyzing social, economic and political transition processes in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kazakhstan.
The teams from the former Soviet Union have almost all worked together with one another since many years, when they formed part of the VCIOM (Soviet Union Public Opinion Research Center) network set up by the influential sociologist Tatanya Zaslavskaya, a leading social science adviser of President Gorbatchov in the final stage of the Soviet Union, the so-called era of ‘Perestroika’. Since 1988, VCIOM organized and published public opinion surveys in the former Soviet Union through partner organizations in each country. Most of the partners in this consortium worked as part of this network together since 1988. Since independence, they set up their own opinion poll organizations. The teams from this network are all characterized by high reliability, professionalism and academic excellence. These 11 well-established survey partners - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan - constitute together an international network of comparative quantitative and qualitative research in the Social Sciences, the Eurasia Barometer Research Consortium.