From 8 to 13th August, 2016, the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center in Ukraine (ACREC) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was organizing a summer intensive course “How to study corruption? Analytics that effects the anti-corruption policy”.
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.
According to Oksana Nesterenko, the curriculum of the course included case studies and intensive theory to insure the implementation of objectives right in the process of training.
The training was provided by 7 lecturers from Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA, and Sweden, particularly Antonina Volokotrub, Janin Vedel, Steven Hotorp, Oksana Hus, Tetyana Kostyuchenko, Nils Kobis, and Oksana Nezhyvenko.
According to the course developer Oksana Hus, the doctoral Student of the Institute for Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen, 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 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.
Course participants learned how to make a research or an effective analytical paper in the field of combating corruption. This includes the skills required to develop the research design / analytical paper, to select the research methodology, to apply quantitative and qualitative methods, to identify the expediency of “combined” methods as well as to learn the advantages and disadvantages of employing the experiments (behavior economics) and network analysis while researching the corruption.
The consolidation of acquired knowledge was organized during the practical sessions, where the students presented and discussed personal mini-researches and analytical papers.
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 monthly workshops and seminars as part of ACREC activity starting from September. All successfully completed researches or analytical papers will be included into the ACREC electronic publication.
This summer intensive course was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of ACREC team, civil society organization “The Anti-Corruption Action Center”, Democratic Practice Program Initiative at International Renaissance Foundation and “Transition Promotion Program” of the Czech embassy.