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Chapter 1

Methodology — Choice of the methodology

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he choice of methodology of the study was agreed during a two-day seminar held by the Division of Electoral Assistance and Census (DGII) of the Council of Europe in Tbilisi on 25-26 July 2015 with independent researchers from each of the study countries, Ms Diane Bunyan, the leading gender expert, and Mr Doru Petruti, the statistical expert. Ms Tania Verge, a Council of Europe Expert from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and Dr Anna Rita Manca, Statistics Officer at the European Institute for Gender Equality also attended and provided expert advice. The seminar discussed and agreed the key issues which impact on women’s political representation: economic, cultural and social factors; political factors and the legal framework. The choice of the methodology took into consideration the researchers’ opinion on the information that they could reasonably obtain from official sources within the timescale available. 1 | Questionnaire template A questionnaire (see Appendix 1) was drawn up in order to provide a structure to the study for the researchers and to ensure that the data and information collected allowed, as far as possible, for comparisons to be made between the different countries. In addition to covering the key areas affecting women’s political participation it also asks the researchers to identify key outcomes and particular difficulties that they faced in completing the study. The researchers had three months to complete the questionnaire. Following receipt of the completed questionnaires further questions for clarification were sent and returned in December 2015. In total, the data collection lasted from August 2015 to February 2016 and the analysis and drafting exercise lasted from February 2016 to May 2016.

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Women’s political representation in the Eastern Partnership countries

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Women's Political Representation in the Eastern Partnership Countries  

Council of Europe regional study. Published 15 December 2016.