The idea to measure a Publicity Index of local self-government was elaborated in 2011 by the activists of Civil Network OPORA in Lviv. For several years already organization has been implementing campaigns and special events aiming at ensuring openness and transparency of the way bodies of local self-government and state authorities function in Ukraine. Moreover, OPORA endeavored to establish a network of NGOs promoting watchdog activity. In particular, in 2009 a specialized Watchdog School (based on the David Kolb’s learning cycle technology) was launched and guidebook in Watchdog activity was published by OPORA.
In our everyday activity we often experienced a lack of complex methodology providing a unifying tool for identifying and regular comparing of publicity of local self-governments in different cities. Such a tool would not just raise NGOs capacity in performing their controlling function but also would help elaborate specific recommendations for the local authorities with regard to their public openness, transparency and accountability. That’s how the idea of the Project “Measuring “The Index of local self-government’s publicity in Ukraine” was born, including the development of a relevant tool – Publicity Index – and putting it into practice.
The methodology was elaborated by OPORA’s activists and later improved due to efforts of 10 regional partners, who evaluated the publicity level of local self-governments in 2013.
A Partner Network for the Publicity Index measuring campaign covered non-governmental non-political organizations which possess experience in running civic monitoring and assessments of local self-governments, are politically independent and have declared no conflict of interests with the objects of monitoring research.
In 2014 all oblast centers of Ukraine were the object of monitoring (except for the AR Crimea).
The publicity index in the regions was measured by the following organizations:
|Cherkasy||Cherkasy office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Chernihiv||Podillya Fund for International and Regional Research|
|Chernivtsi||Chernivtsi office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Dnipropetrovsk||Dnipropetrovsk office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Donetsk||Donetsk oblast organization of all-Ukrainian public organization ‘Committee of Voters of Ukraine’|
|Ivano-Frankivsk||Ivano-Frankivsk office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Kharkiv||‘Fund of Local Democracy’ Public Organization|
|Kherson||Youth Center for Regional Development|
|Khmelnytskyi||Khmelnytskyi Youth Club for Development|
|Kirovohrad||‘Territory of Success’ Public Organization|
|Kyiv||Kyiv office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Luhansk||Luhansk office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Lutsk||Center for Political Analysis and Election Consultancy|
|Lviv||Lviv office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Mykolayiv||Voznesensk city public organization ‘Agency for Economic Development’|
|Odesa||Odesa oblast organization of the all-Ukrainian public organization ‘Committee of Voters of Ukraine’|
|Poltava||Analytical Center ‘Bureau for Economic and Social Research’|
|Rivne||Rivne office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Sumy||‘League of Protection’ Public Organization|
|Ternopil||‘Union of Youth Self-Government’ Public Organization|
|Uzhgorod||Transcarpathia office of OPORA Civil Network|
|Vinnytsia||‘Podillya Agency for Regional Development’ Public Organization|
|Zhytomyr||‘Polissya Initiative’ Public Organization|
|Zaporizhzhia||‘European Youth of Ukraine’ Public Organization|
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