Officials of the USAID RADA Program and Department of relations with local authorities and local self-government bodies of the VR Secretariat had a working meeting in the framework of the “Model district”. They discussed issues related to improvement of members of the Parliament and voters.
On the part of the Program, its director Igor Kogut, deputy director Tetiana Bibik, electronic parliament expert Sergii Cherednichenko, and the manфger of the Model district project Lesia Nechyporenko took part in the event.
The meeting took place on March 19, 2019.
The Department manager Grygorii Skopnenko presented preliminary results of MPs survey as for challenges they face working in their districts including arising in communication with voters, NGOs and local self-government bodies.
The meeting participants agreed to continue their cooperation in deputies and voter’s communication needs analysis to define ways of solving existing problems.
The participants discussed steps to improve the work of the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in particular, to improve the information search system.
In addition, representatives of the Department expressed their interest in conducting a training on online hygiene for the staff of the Verkhovna Rada, deputies, and their assistants.
The implementation of the Model District Project is one of the directions of the USAID RADA Program activities. Its goal is to create the most effective model of communication and interaction of the VR deputies with voters. One can find more detailed information on this issue at http://www.radaprogram.org/sites/default/files/publications/download_file.pdf (in Ukrainian).
Previously the USAID Rada Program established cooperation with 7 deputies. In the next phase of the project, it is planned to disseminate best practices to four regions (East, West, North, South) as well as to expand work with different categories of voters (NGOs, local governments, mass media, business associations, etc.).
The project also provides for creation of a separate structural unit within the Verkhovna Rada Secretariat, which will assist deputies in their work in their districts communicating with their voters.
In order to plan the activities of such a unit, a survey for MPs and their assistants is being carried out. For the same purpose, focus groups with voters are held. As of March 2019, 3 focus groups have already been conducted - in Lviv, Dnipro and Sumy. They were attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, local self-government bodies, business and mass media.
The USAID RADA Program is being implemented by the East Europe Foundation with the support of the American people provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).