A survey on the manifestations of corruption among public officials


Sasun Hambardzumyan, Head of the Department of the Public Education and Awareness Programs Monitoring of the Corruption Prevention Commission, presents some details in a question-and-answer format from the planned survey on corruption manifestations and their perceptions among public officials in cooperation with the Commission and the World Bank.

What is the purpose and target group of the survey?

For the first time in the state administration system of the Republic of Armenia, it is planned to conduct a survey, the purpose of which is to find out what kind of perceptions there are regarding corruption, its causes and its consequences. We are inclined to the opinion that such a survey will contribute to finding out the factors involving risks of integrity among public officials, the weak and strong aspects of the accountability of the work performed and the circumstances affecting the efficiency of the work. The research is carried out in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention Commission and the World Bank, as we have previously mentioned in the publications of our website, within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between these two institutions. The target group of the survey is public servants: civil servants of bodies subordinate to the RA government and community servants of selected communities.

What kind of participant inclusion is expected and when will the survey be conducted?

The target participation threshold for each state department will be at least 30%. However, we highly recommend conducting a more comprehensive survey with a larger number of respondents. The survey is scheduled to begin in the last ten days of May 2022. Diana Ter-Stepanyan, representative of the World Bank, who is available at dterstepanyan@worldbank.org, will assist us with ongoing questions during the survey. A few days ago, an online discussion was held with the participation of the Commission, the World Bank and more than forty organizers of integrity issues of the public administration system.

What mechanisms or tools are used during the survey?

The survey is conducted in accordance with international research ethical and confidentiality standards. Data received within the framework of the survey is subject to the World Bank's personal data protection policy. Answers given by public officials are completely confidential.

What will participation in the survey do for the public servant?

For the Commission, the existing problems that in one way or another hinder the provision of high-quality and efficient services to citizens, free from possible corruption phenomena, will be visible in general directions.