Russia: How can CSOs help in assessment of regional governors?

How can CSOs contribute to performance assessments of regional governors?


A new information service that can help strengthen the relationship between SONGOs and regional authorities aims to answer this question. It has been created by the Gladway Foundation for the Development of Media Projects and Social Programmes, together with the Institute of Socio-Economic Planning at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, with support from the Presidential Grant Foundation.

Twenty criteria used to evaluate the performance of governors were set out in a Presidential Decree issued in February this year. Some of these can mainly be achieved by not-for-profit organisations, with support from regional administrations, local government and the business sector.

According to Gladway’s CEO, Vladimir Vainer, the service enables CSOs to familiarise themselves with the criteria and identify those where they can contribute to the performance assessments of regional authorities.

“It’s a good idea for calibrating CSO GR strategies in the regions. For a number of objectives, governors are very important and influential stakeholders. We can assess how relevant CSO initiatives could be for governors, or how to communicate their value in ways that stimulate their interest”, said Alexey Gazaryan, a methodologist at the Centre of Evidence-Based Social Design at the Moscow State Humanitarian Pedagogical University.

Gladway has also introduced several other services that can enhance the work of CSOs, including a calculator to determine the economic contribution of volunteer work and services that can be used in developing aims and objectives and sustainable development indicators for SONGOs, as well as helping to build a comprehensive assessment profile for SONGOs.


Translated by Neil Hailey

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