Measurement of the Sustainability Index of St. Petersburg NGOs in 2010

Participants: Dr. Elena Belokurova (CGES), Dr. Anna Orlova (Center for NGOs Development St. Petersburg), Anna Skvortsova, Ksenia Chuprova (Center for NGOs Development St. Petersburg), about 20 experts of St. Petersburg NGO sector.

In the framework of this small research project the measurement and analysis of the Sustainability Index of St. Petersburg NGOs in 2010 was done in April 2011 through the methodology elaborated by the US AID in 2003, which is actively used in the evaluation of NGOs development in different countries, but especially actively in Central and Eastern Europe and former USSR (http://www.usaid.gov/locations/europe_eurasia/dem_gov/ngoindex). The methodology includes the evaluation of the current NGO situation on the basis of defined seven criteria and proposed scale, which are evaluated by the best experts from the NGO sector, government and academia, and then discussed by them in order to come to the consensus evaluation. The discussion lasted about 6 hours and was very important, because contained many important narratives provided by the experts. Therefore, it was recorded and made available for the public. As result, both quantitative and qualitative evaluations and data are provided for the research and practice as well as for the further study in the comparative perspective. In order to guarantee widest-possible distribution and open access, the results were published on the Centre for NGOs Development web-page (http://www.crno.ru/projects/detail/31499/) and on a special CD.

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