Thanks to the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, community leaders had the opportunity to learn about an innovative tool of public control – social audit. We have developed its methodology in the Agency for Legislative Initiatives specifically to provide communities with an effective tool for participation and interaction.
We first presented the social audit methodology as part of the School of Community Leaders program, which was conducted entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges and quarantine restrictions, we provided the necessary knowledge to more than 200 leaders and prepared them for the local elections in Ukraine.
In particular, 61% of the School of Community Leaders – 2020 Alumni ran in local elections. 79% of them became candidates for deputies of local councils, and 21% ran for the head of the territorial community.
The program’s modules were designed so that participants could understand the election process, local government, and effective methods of campaigning for further victory.
One of the training modules was dedicated to involving citizens in the decision-making process and the joint creation of a thriving community. Therefore, we introduced the program participants to the unique methodology of social audit and prepared them for the implementation of this tool in their communities.
Soon, the Alumni of the School of Community Leaders – 2020 together with the team of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives will practice conducting a social audit and will be able to ensure the effectiveness of the tool.
This activity is carried out within the framework of the project “LOCUS: Community Leaders in the South of Ukraine”, implemented by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives with the support of the Matra Program (Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands).