In 2019 we conduct research in the following policy areas:
- Human rights
- Analysis of collective electroniс appeals of citizens in the human rights context (brief in Russian, presentation in Russian, full text in Russian)
- Implementation of human rights based approachn local development
- Public procurement and public finance
- Participatory budgeting for strengthening civil society and local governnance
- Civil participation in budgetary policy
- Public service
- Public servants turnover in Belarus (working title)
- Civil society
- Analysis of conditions of activities of Belarusian CSOs registered abroad
- Public administration reform
- Changes in governmental standards for purposes of digital transformation (working title)
- Interaction of civil society and the state at the national and local levels (the direction was implemented within the framework of the "Razam da spravy" program in cooperation with civil campaign "Budzma Belarusami!"):
- The results of the sociological survey “Civil society of Belarus: public trust and participation in decision-making” (presentation in Russian, brief in Russian, short version in Belarusian , short version in Russian, full version in Russian)
- The results of the qualitative study “Civil Society and Government: Interaction at the Local Level” (full version in Belarusian, full version in Russian)
- The interaction of civil society and the state at the local level: legal regulation and practice. Performed by experts of the Assembly of NGOs and the Legal Transformations Center (full text of the publication in Russian, policy brief and recommendations for stakeholders in English)
- Review of studies of civil society problematics in Belarus (full text in Russian)
In 2018 we conducted research in the following policy areas:
- Civil service:
- SYMPA/BIPART experts Dzmitry Markusheuski and Ina Ramasheuskaya developed amendments and additions to the ‘Law on Civil Service in the Republic of Belarus” (text in Russian)
- Public procurement and public finances:
- Pilot study: Belarus 2017 Open Budget Survey (brief in Russian, full text in Russian, full text in English)
- Scientific cooperation and other aspects of interaction between European Union and Belarus (in the frames of EU-STRAT project within EU Horizon 2020 programme):
- Statehood, state capacity and limited access orders comparing Belarus and Ukraine (full text in English)
- Interdependencies of Eastern Partnership Countries with the EU and Russia: Three Case Studies (full text in Russian, full text in English)
- What Kinds of Messages Can Influence Citizen Support for Closer Cooperation with the European Union? Evidence from the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. (full text in Russian , full text in English).
In 2017 we had been working on the following policy areas:
- E-government and electronic participation of citizens and society
- Paper of Andrey Sushko and Dmitry Volodin “E-Participation as an instrument of inclusive public adimnistration” (full text in Russian, brief in Russian)
- Public procurement
- Manual on finding violations and corruption in public procurement in Belarus (text in Russian)
- International research “Evaluation of legislation on public procurement” for the Transparent Public Procurement Rating, Belarus chapter by Uladzimir Kavalkin (text)
- Paper of Uladzimir Kavalkin and Andrey Sushko "Electronic public procurement: evaluation of official electronic trading platforms in Belarus" (full text in English, brief text in Russian)
- Paper of Galina Kashevskaya and Vladimir Poplyko “Public procurement from single source: analysis and recommendations” (full text in Russian)
- Social policy and education
- Paper of Tatsiana Chulitskaya and Ina Ramasheuskaya “Social protection: how to improve the situation of those who lost their jobs” (brief text in Russian)
- Paper of Yana Ustinenko “Analysis of the reforms of higher education policy in Belarus on the example of current challenges and problems of the policy area in 2010 – 2016” (text in Russian)
- Scientific cooperation and other aspects of interaction between European Union and Belarus (in the frames of EU-STRAT project within EU Horizon 2020 programme)
- Paper of Tatsiana Chulitskaya, Honorata Mazepus, Ina Ramasheuskaya and Dimiter Toshkov “Scientific Policy and International Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership Countries: Overview” (text)
- Paper of Honorata Mazepus, Dimiter Toshkov, Tatsiana Chulitskaya and Ina Ramasheuskaya "The Effects of the EU’s Scientific Cooperation Programmes on the Eastern Partnership Countries: Scientific Output and Broader Societal Impact" (text)
- Paper of Antoaneta Dimitrova, Matthew Frear, Honorata Mazepus, Dimiter Toshkov, Maxim Boroda, Tatsiana Chulitskaya, Oleg Grytsenko, Igor Munteanu, Tatiana Parvan and Ina Ramasheuskaya “The Elements of Russia’s Soft Power: Channels, Tools, and Actors Promoting Russian Influence in the Eastern Partnership Countries” (text)
In 2016 we produced the following papers:
- Paper of Dzmitry Markusheuski, Natallia Rabava and Vitaly Kukharchik "Blockchain technology for e-government" (full text in Russian, brief in English)
- Paper of Andrey Sushko "Public services online: from providing information to e-government" (full text in Russian, brief text in Russian)
- Paper of Ina Ramasheuskaya and Natallia Rabava “What rules those who run the state: motivation of public servants in numbers” (brief text in Russian, presentation, full text in Russian)
- Paper of Tatsiana Chulitskaya, Natallia Rabava, Irina Vidanava, Dmitry Markusheuski, Uladzimir Kavalkin “Advocacy in Belarus: the experience of civil society organizations” (ordered by OEEC) (full text in Russian, brief text in English)
- Paper of Matthias Morgner, Gleb Shymanovich and Uladzimir Kavalkin “State Programs in Belarus - Improving Design and Implementation” (German Economic Group in Belarus, Research Center IPM) (text in English)
- Paper of Ina Ramasheuskaya, Alexander Filippov and Evgeny Mordosevich “Development of recommendations on reforms aimed at modernization of legislation and practices in the field of public administration” (written in the frames of the “Reforum” project) (text in Russian)
- Paper of Alexander Filippov “The instrument of motivation of public servants in Belarus: how to combine the incompatible” (full text in Russian)
- Manual on fiscal literacy “How the budget works” (manual)
- Collection of articles “On interaction of citizens and state” (text)
- Report on the internship of SYMPA-5 graduate Alexander Filippov “The impact of Eurasian integration on the system of public administration in the Republic of Armenia” (text)
- Materials of the international conference SYMPA/BIPART "Searching for the new balance: how to adjust the reform of public administration to the challenges that Belarus faces" (overview and links to the materials).
In 2015 our main research agenda focused on human resource management in civil service. In September 2015 we published and presented the pilot research on public service motivation (in Russian). The research is based on the responses of Belarusian civil servants to the questionnaire asking their opinion on their work motivations and how it is taken into account by the organizations they work in.
We have also produced the following papers:
In 2012 - 2014 BIPART experts and guest researchers have presented several analytical papers on different aspects of public administration:
"Public procurement in Belarus: increase of transparency" (In English) policy brief by Vladimir Kovalkin analyses recent changes in the public procurement system in Belarus, accesses their possible consequences, and recommends how to improve the system’s efficiency and transparency.
The study "Effectively working public organizations: modern challenges and responses" (in English) by Ina Ramasheuskaya and Tatiana Chulitskaya overviews the modern approaches to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of public organizations in the EU, Russia and Kazakhstan, and provides recommendations for improving the methodology of evaluation of the work of government organizations in Belarus .
The policy brief "Public-private partnership in Belarus: what's after the law?" (in English) by Katherina Korzun analyzes the draft law on public-private partnership which will soon be passed to the National Assembly and proposes additions that should make the law a starting point for the effective PPP model in Belarus and for the formation of the appropriate institutional environment.
The "Result-oriented budgeting: the development of methotology for the preparation and implementation of the pilot project" (in English) policy brief by Dmitry Yaroshevich, Irina Rukomicheva and Olga Ivanova provides an overview of recent actions of the Belarusian authorities to improve the quality of budget planning in Belarus, as well as recommendations for the introduction of modern budgeting model (result-oriented budgeting) and practical suggestions on the implementation of the pilot project.
In the policy paper "Practical approaches to the creation of analytical center for the development of public policy at the national government level" (in Russian), Alexander Filipau and Vladimir Andrienko analyze the experience of the EU and China on the establishment of state-run think tanks, and provide the recommendations to improve the analysis at the national government level in Belarus.
In the study "Evaluating the effectiveness of social policy: the search for ways in modern public administration" (in Russian), Ina Ramasheuskaya and Tatiana Chulitskaya analyze modern approaches to the development of public policy in general and social policy in particular (within the evidence-based policy development framework), and provide recommendations for the creation of infrastructure for the analysis, development and evaluation of social policy in Belarus.
The study "Somplification of the administrative burden of the tax system of the Republic of Belarus through the standard cost model " (in Belarusian) by Maxim Karlyuk and Dmitry Yaroshevich summarizes the main characteristics and problematic aspects of Belarusian tax system, explains the proposed standard cost model and highlights its main advantages.
The study "E-government in Belarus: the infrastructure is created - what is next?" (in Russian) by Marina Sokolova and Dzmitry Markusheuski consists of two parts. The first part examines the current approaches to the creation of electronic communication system in the government organizations, while the second one offers certain steps in the development of these systems in Belarus.
The study "Retail chains: contemporary service or monopolization of retail?" (in Russian) by Vladimir Kovalkin and guest expert Alexander Filimonov suggest the ways to achieve the compromise between the interests of government agencies, business associations and customers without jeopardizing retail development in Belarus.
In their study "How to make the work with citizens' inquiries more effective" (in Russian), guest researchers Irena Lapina and Sviatlana Sous assess the legislative and procedural base of work of government agencies with citizens’ inquiries and suggest how to improve their quality by providing rights incentives to civil servants.
In 2012 we released a Collection of policy papers in the field of public administration: download full version (in Russian).
It consists of 7 works. The first one, written by Ina Ramasheuskaya and Tatiana Chulitskaya, analyzes the prospects for evaluation of effectiveness of state administration in Belarus on the basis of the development of conceptual approaches and practices of public administration of the last two decades, in particular, on the concept of new public management. Read (all documents in English): summary, policy paper.
Alexander Mukha and Irina Migutskaya evaluate the options for modernization of the budgetary system in Belarus and propose a transition to PBB - Performance Based Budgeting. Read (all in English): summary, policy paper.
To the question of how to turn the local government in Belarus from a myth into reality, what is necessary for that and what can be really expected, the policy paper by Miroslav Kobasa is dedicated. Read (all in English): summary, policy paper.
Marina Sokolova presents to your attention a policy brief entitled "E-government in Belarus: overcoming the informatization inertia", which offers an alternative and integral concept of electronic government to the technocratic approach. Read (all in English): summary, policy paper.
Vladimir Kovalkin in cooperation with Artur Yudzitski analyze the current system of employment to the public service and propose reforms aiming at shifting from the clannish and personal relations-based approach in hiring to the public service to the modern rational bureaucracy. Read (all in English): summary, policy paper.
Certain proposals on reforming the housing services are presented in the paper of Uladzimir Lauta, SYMPA graduate. He describes the existing contradictions and paves the way to the creation of a new socially balanced model of housing services management. Read: summary (in English), policy paper (in Russian).
Policy paper of another graduate of our School - Anastasia Klimovich – is dedicated to the professionalization of higher education (on the example of BSU) and the analysis of its relationship with the labor market. The results of the analysis of the best practices and recommendations are presented. Read: summary (in English), policy paper (in Russian).