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Working paper

The Evaluation and Monitoring of Transparency in Socially Oriented Nongovernment Organizations in Russia

Nezhina T. G., Pavlovskaya S. V.
In this article, the author demonstrates the practical use of the instrument for measuring the openness and transparency of the socially oriented nongovernmental organizations (SO NGO), which receive government subsidies. The sample for analysis is selected among the winners of the government grant competition in 2013. The goal of this study is to calculate the level of transparency of the SO NGOs by using the web-content analysis (WCA) developed by Russian scholars (Pavlov et al. 2012), which tests the availability of particular parameters of NGO transparency. The analysis of 42 SONCO has proved that the majority of the sampled SO NGOs achieve the coefficient of information accessibility (CIA) above the average. The WCA is a flexible and standardized instrument that can be recommended for the evaluation of transparency in the NGOs worldwide.