Anti-corruption research and education center of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (ACREC), together with Leiden University (the Netherlands), launched the first research project in Ukraine, the main objective of which is to find out what factors explain the successes and challenges of civil society’s anti-corruption activities in Ukraine.
In order to achieve this goal, the political role of civic organizations and activists, educational strategies that they use, as well as their organisational forms will be explored. As a result of the project implementation, the following publications will appear: literature review, two working papers, two analytical notes and a book.
While working on the project, both desk surveys and fieldwork (primary data collection) are conducted. Predominantly qualitative research methods are used. Fieldwork consists of conducting semi-structured interviews with anti-corruption activists and civic organisations, focus groups.
Also, among Ukrainian anti-corruption organizations, a survey will be conducted on their activities. The empirical part of the project covers eight cases (eight regions of Ukraine in which civil society carries out active anti-corruption activities – Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Zaporozhye, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky oblasts and the city of Kyiv).
The planned duration of the project is 18 months. The project is divided into several large blocks: the first one – research activities (work with literature, empirical, field and desk research); the second is the exchange of information (includes workshops, meetings of researchers, exchange of scientists working on a project, between Ukraine and the Netherlands, etc.); the third is writing of publications.
The consortium of researchers consists of the University of Leiden and Anti-corruption research and education center of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.