National methodology for corruption level assessment tested

UNDP in Ukraine commissioned a pilot study assessing the level of corruption in Ukraine, which was carried out by the Analytical Center "Institute of Applied Humanitarian Research." The study was conducted for the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) to test a methodology for assessing the level of corruption, which is to be introduced by NACP under the Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2015-2017.

compliance bigstock-business-office-law-and-lega-50281826This pilot survey was conducted in three groups - the public, business people, and experts. Based on interviewers' reports on typical difficulties during the survey, recommendations for improving the survey methodology, the process of data analysis, and the form of results presentation of future national studies were developed.

"Our goal was to test the reliability of the methodology, which had to be approved by NACP as the main national instrument for monitoring corruption in Ukraine," said Ivan Presniakov, a team lead of UNDP's Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project. "The sample of 350 respondents is 10% of a representative sample of future studies. The coverage includes key areas – the East, South, and West."

Future studies will assess the prevalence of corrupt practices in 10 areas of public life such as education, health, administrative services of state and local government, judiciary, enforcement of judgments, law enforcement, road/patrol police, public procurement, electoral process, private sector/business. Also, it will assess public understanding and perception of corruption, including self-assessment on awareness of the situation in Ukraine, tolerance to corruption, and dynamics of these indicators.