To ensure the quality and effectiveness of the Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative in its next steps.
SI conducted a midterm evaluation to assess the strategic approach, relevance, and impact of UCBI’s efforts in Ukraine. SI focused on UCBI’s programming effectiveness in three areas.
- Increasing support for and participation in a Ukrainian identity.
- Improving levels of confidence and engagement in the reform process.
- Effective use of the media to amplify the programs’ effects.
Successes and lessons learned were used by USAID/OTI staff as they planned for the next phase of the program.
The SI evaluation process included;
- A desk review of OTI/UCBI- and Chemonics-provided documentation
- 71 Informant interviews, including 11 grantees in Kyiv and 23 in the East
- An online survey, all past and current grant recipients were invited to take the survey.
Support and Participation in Modern Ukrainian Identity
- Support for a modern civic Ukrainian identity is growing. Overwhelmingly, UCBI grantees recognized civic identity as an important part of the modern Ukrainian identity.
- Still, the level of engagement is not enough to support a functional democracy. The SCORE Index demonstrates that “contrary to popular belief,” civic engagement is low across the country (average score of 0.8 on a 0-10 scale).
- UCBI contributed to community cohesion by providing opportunities to work toward common goals, common public space, and pride about local identity.
Confidence and Engagement in the Local Level Reform Process
- By providing financial resources, project development assistance, trainings, and new tools, UCBI enabled active citizens to seize opportunities created by the new national-level, legislative frame of transparency.
- Eleven out of 23 UCBI partners from the East believed UCBI enabled local activists to provide action-based solutions, in some cases in cooperation with local government, to address local issues of high concern to citizens.
- Kyiv-based groups and activists from the East mentioned the following most common ways for citizens to engage in reform process at the local level: public councils, participatory budgeting, public hearings, monitoring of public procurement (Prozorro), e-petitions, strategic planning for cities. Participatory budgeting received overwhelming support among the respondents as an effective tool of engagement.
Effective Use of Media and Information Tools
- A general lack of independent quality media news in Ukraine prevented the media from contributing to achieving the intended program goals.
- Some grantees believed UCBI helped them achieve their media goals.
- Grantees predominantly used their own channels of communication (such as their own websites or social media pages) to distribute information about their activities.
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