The Research Department of GIPA coordinates ongoing basic and applied research activities at the Institute. The Department provides support for preparing highly qualified scientific personnel in social sciences and related interdisciplinary fields, ensures engagement of students, academic personnel, school representatives and other interested individuals in research by supporting them in basic or applied research, creative and consulting activities. The Research Department, independently and in cooperation with schools, aims at strengthening research capacity within the University, fostering international cooperation in research. The main priorities of the Department are as follows: to encourage research activities within the University by providing Internal University Grant Funding Programme for Small Studies through which the school representatives, based on the competition, are able to submit scientific research projects and receive financial support for conducting research; financing travel grants, encouraging students and academic personnel to participate in scientific events, seminars and conferences; based on necessity, to cover expenses related to publication issues, mainly, to allocate funds for organizing scientific events, seminars and conferences and to support membership of more professional associations in the future. According to the request of the Research Department of GIPA, the budget allocated for the purpose of promoting the internationalization of scientific researches/scientific activities and improving the performance of faculty members in research in the budget of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), is expected to increase significantly over the next few years, that once again confirms the fact that enhancement of research productivity is the priority of the future 7-year strategy of the University. In the Strategic Development Plan for the next 7 years the support for basic and applied research is considered as the main priority of the University. Support for publication in peer-reviewed journals, participation for the international scientific projects and conferences as well in capacity building and consulting projects is identified as the means for promoting GIPA’s research capacity.
Georgian Institute of Public Affairs manages support to research, development and creative activities through the following systems:
Internationalization of research
The fact that the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs is actively involved in the internationalization process of research / development / creative activities, what is proved by some international projects, that are focused on promoting and developing international research:
- Particularly, within the framework of the grant partnership programmes funded by the U.S. Department of State with American Universities, governed by the Public Relations Department of the US Embassy, the School of Journalism and Media Management has established active cooperation with the University of South Carolina, The School of Government with George Mason University, School of Law and Politics with the University of Troy in Alabama. Within the framework of these partnerships, the academic staff's business visits were considered in order to enhance capacity development; an English-language electronic scientific journal was developed, and a collection of public administration researches was published. Two representatives of GIPA have defended their PhD dissertations (Keshelashvili, A.(2014). Innovation among Georgian Journalism Educators: A Network Analysis Perspective. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2996; Mikashavidze, M.(2014). Social Movements, Media, and Democratization in Georgia. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2854).
- In partnership with GIPA, University of Georgia (USA) conducts an intensive programme of university research in public administration aimed at improving the research skills of Georgian researchers, MA and PhD students as well as at getting closer to Western Standards. The representatives of GIPA as well as other universities are participating in the programme. One-month intensive course includes lectures in research methods, development of research project, conducting research and preparation of publication. The project is led by leading professors of the University of Georgia. The goal is to conduct the research by participants and publish in an international peer reviewed journal. During the entire year, programme participants are able to consult with the professor of the University of Georgia regarding the research related issues.
- The School of Law and Politics actively participated in the TEMPUS project "Migration and Higher Education - Building Skills and Capacity" (517002 - UNIMIG); currently, continues cooperation on the Erasmus + Project "Promoting Migration Studies in Higher Education" (573554 - PROMIG) to strengthen research component.
- Since 2015, the research project on Current Issues of Phycology based on the Theory of Attitude was conducted in the School of Social Sciences, within which the participants have prepared reports for the third and seventh Eurasian Multidisciplinary Forum; the project considers promoting the scientific work of the students by their active involvement.
- In the framework of the School of Government, a research was conducted on Supporting Public Administration Reform within the Government Reform Fund Project in Georgia, with the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme, which provides evaluations based on the results of the research carried out on the empirical level of reforms implemented in the Georgian public sector.
- From 2015, faculty members of School of Journalism and Mass Management participate in IREX research projects, Media Sustainability Index Georgia. The results of the survey can be found in the Research Department report as well as web-page - https://www.irex.org/resource/media-sustainability-index-msi.
- “Short term courses in Results Based monitoring and evaluation for civil servants” – 2-year project was implemented by the school of government with the financial support of World Bank group. The project aimed at training of 120 public servants in M&E. The initial phase of the project aimed at training of GIPA faculty members in the modern approaches of M&E. During the project, the faculty members developed four case studies in the public policy area, that were incorporated in the Public policy and Public Administration curriculum. The case study book was published and is available in two languages, English and Georgian.
Student involvement in the research project
Students of different levels are often engaged in researches carried out in the University schools. For example, the students of Public Administration Programme were engaged in the study - "Training and Development of Public Officials in the Georgian Public Sector”; It should be noted that while evaluating projects in the process of selection of grant projects, special attention is paid to the involvement of students in projects and this criterion takes up to 20% of the overall assessment. This once again emphasizes the importance of students’ involvement in implementation of scientific projects supported by GIPA.
Since 2014, The CG MULTILAB @ GIPA Computer Graphics Development Laboratory was established on the basis of Journalism School, which conducts trainings and study programmes in the fields of 2D and 3D animation, moving graphs, various social and creative startup projects as well as the Art Factory of GIPA, known for operating in the field of creative industry development. Upon the study period, the programme assists students to create creative, social and commercial projects in cooperation with students’ initiative groups that serve as solving some problems. The working process is led by the lecturers with international experience.