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Enhancing policy analysis and expertise, advocacy and lobbing capacity in Ukraine Education 

January-June 2015

Project manager - Georgiy Kasianov

The project goal - to provide organizational support and expert consultancy in the development of the reform policies in education sector.

The project is linked to the IED work within two projects «Strategy Advisory Group in Education: Reform Road Map» and «Education Policy and Education Strategy: New format»

During the expert work on Concept for Education Development in Ukraine in 2015-2025 and Road of map of reforms in education became evident that there are gaps in the expert' skills (for instance, Policy Brief writing, Concept mapping, Policy analyses).

From the other side, SAG activity and developing strategic documents for education reforms require pernanent consultations with the Ministry of Education and Parliamentary Committee during the legislative implementation of education reforms and permament communication with the society about the stages and values of the reform.


  • 2 training seminars for experts on policy analysis, preparation of the policy brief

  • consultations with the MOES and Parliamentary Committee on Science and Education, press-conference, briefings and other informational events.



Preventing corruption in education through assesing the integrity of education system (OECD methodology)

January - December 2015

Project manager - Olena Zaplotynska


Education matters, in any country of the world. Lack of integrity in the governance, delivery and evaluation of education is breeding ground for corruption, which hinders prosperity as bogus knowledge and qualifications waste the human potential of nations. It raises the cost of education as corruption diminishes the efficiency and fairness of public spending for the sector. 

What can be done? What is it that damages integrity in education institutions and makes them do the opposite of the very mission they were founded to fulfil – to instil values, promote knowledge, and serve the society and its citizens? What makes parents and students initiate or agree to practices which corrode trust and undermine value? How to identify good practice, understand what policies work in preventing and eradicating corruption in education, and replicate them beyond the respective national domain for the benefit of all?

To support governments and civil society in addressing these questions, the OECD developed an innovative methodological framework for assessing the integrity of education systems (INTES), forecasting corruption incidence, and gathering evidence to inform policies addressing the problem. The INTES approach and its first deliverables were endorsed by the Steering Group of the 24 States – members of the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The initial phase of methodology development was supported by the Open Society Foundation’s Education Support Programme, and led to a very successful first pilot country assessment in the Republic of Serbia in 2011 and a second, in Tunisia, in 2013.

The main objectives of this activity in Ukraine will be to:

  • Assess the integrity of the education system, identify areas of concern, and provide targeted recommendations for improving system management and output delivery in view of eliminating integrity risks, preventing corruption and improving capacity for its detection.

  • Provide pragmatic recommendations for enhancing the sector relevance of anti-corruption mechanisms and policies.

  • Deliver an assessment report to the Government as an evidence tool and basis for follow-up, including focus groups and sector specific training for anti-corruption specialists.

  • Support the dissemination of findings and recommendations, including expert input at capacity building seminars.

  • Consolidate a base of evidence on education which can be used in subsequent OECD cooperation with Ukraine.



Strategy Advisory Group in Education: Reforms Road Map 

March - September, 2015 

Project manager - Georgiy Kasianov


In 2014 Strategy Advisory Group elaborated the Concept of Education reforms for the period of 2015-2025. The Document was officially presented by the Minister of Education and the Head of Parliament Committee on Education and Science in November 2014. The Concept was published on the Ministry of Education website for public discussion. 


  • Some of the Concept provisions was included into the Coalition Agreement
  • Considerable part of the Concept provisions were integrated into the project of new Law on Education. 
  • Same of SAG experts participated in the Strategy of Higher Education Reforms elaboration
  • Due to the SAG experts Ministry of Education regulated some of outdated and problematic sides of education sector (administrative and bureaucratic pressure to schools, overloaded by the great amount of different "letters", regulations and reports. 

The Goal of the Project in 2015:

  • Road map of Education Reforms 
  • Expert support in elaboration of Law on Education (as a legal provision for Road map realization)