The course took place during 8-13 August 2016 at the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center in Ukraine (ACREC) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
The purpose of the summer intensive course was designed to teach young researchers, analysts, and public policy makers how to carry out a high-quality interdisciplinary research and provide an effective analysis in the field of anti-corruption. The training was supposed to bring the researchers into the dialog over the subject of their scientific research and to promote the demand for high-quality domestic researches in the field of combating corruption in Ukraine.
The course curriculum included case studies and intensive theory required for anti-corruption activities.
The training was provided by lecturers from Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA, and Sweden:
- Janin Vedel – Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at the School of Politics, Governance and International Relations, George Mason University, USA;
- Oksana Hus − Doctoral Student of the Institute for Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland), Development Advisor to the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels;
- Oksana Nezhyvenko – Doctoral Student of the University Paris-Est-Creteil (France) and Professor of the Faculty of Economics in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy;
- Tetyana Kostyuchenko − Professor at the Sociology Department of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, one of the leading Ukrainian experts on the implementation of network analysis;
- Antonina Volokotrub – financial expert of the Anti-Corruption Action Center;
- Steven Hotorp – political analyst, researcher at Anglo-American University, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, and International Anti-Corruption Academy;
- Nils Kobis – researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, expert in social psychology and corruption.
The summer intensive course resulted in a successful training of 20 experts, including the analysts of civic society organizations, representatives of public authorities, experts of the Council for civic society anti-corruption assessment of draft laws at the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction, etc.
The summer intensive course on “How to study corruption? Analytics that effects the anti-corruption policy”− is a process and not a project. Program participants will continue to work on their research and present the results during a specifically organized workshops and seminars as part of ACREC activity. All successfully completed researches or analytical papers will be published with the assistance of the ACREC.
This summer intensive course was made possible due to the joint efforts of ACREC, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, civil society organization “The Anti-Corruption Action Center”, Democratic Practice Program Initiative at International Renaissance Foundation and “Transition Promotion Program” of the Czech embassy. This summer intensive course was made possible due to the joint efforts of ACREC, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, civil society organization “The Anti-Corruption Action Center”, Democratic Practice Program Initiative at International Renaissance Foundation and “Transition Promotion Program” of the Czech embassy.
The topics of the lectures were:
Development of research design and analytical research.
Definition and forms of corruption.
Theoretical Currents in the Study of Corruption.
Interview as the main method of qualitative research. Practical preparation for field research.
Overview of databases that should be used in the study of corruption.
Quantitative study of corruption.
Search and collect information in open databases.
Preparation of a questionnaire (questionnaire) for an interview, definition of a target group for the survey.
Cases studies, comparative analysis.
Experiments (behavioral economics) as a new method in social sciences: advantages and disadvantages in the study of corruption.