The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Croatia or who observe activities related to social and economic development. The World Bank Country Assessment Survey is meant to give the World Bank's team that works in Croatia, greater insight into how the Bank's work is perceived. This is one tool the World Bank uses to assess the views of its critical stakeholders. With this understanding, the World Bank hopes to develop more effective strategies, outreach and programs that support development in Croatia. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Croatia.
This survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Croatia perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Croatia regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Croatia;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Croatia;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge and research, and communication and information sharing in Croatia; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Croatia.
- Use data to help inform the Croatia country team's strategy.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of analysis
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Croatia
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In May-July 2012, 694 stakeholders of the World Bank in Croatia were invited to provide their opinions on the Bank's assistance to the country by participating in a country survey. Participants in the survey were drawn from among the office of the President; the office of the Prime Minister; the office of a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, or implementation agency; consultants/contractors working on World Bank-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; international partners; bilateral and multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations (CBOs); the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch.
A total of 198 stakeholders participated in the country survey (29% response rate).
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues facing Croatia:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Croatia is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to achieving EU integration and EU income convergence for Croatia, and which areas would contribute most to generating economic growth in Croatia.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Croatia, Bank staff preparedness, the extent to which the Bank should seek to influence the global development agenda, their agreement with various statements regarding the Bank's work, and the extent to which the Bank is an effective development partner. Respondents were also asked to indicate the sectoral areas on which it would be most productive for the Bank to focus its resources, the Bank's greatest values and greatest weaknesses in its work, the most and least effective instruments in helping Croatia achieve EU integration and EU income convergence, with which groups the Bank should collaborate more, and to what reasons respondents attributed failed or slow reform efforts.
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the Bank's work helps achieve development results in Croatia, the extent to which the Bank meets Croatia's need for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across thirty-six development areas, such as EU integration and EU income convergence, economic growth, job creation, and others.
D. The World Bank's Knowledge:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult Bank knowledge/research, the areas on which the Bank should focus its research efforts, and to rate the effectiveness and quality of the Bank's knowledge/research, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results, its technical quality, the Bank's effectiveness at providing linkage to non-Bank expertise, and the extent to which Croatia received value for money from the Bank's fee-for-service products.
E. Working with the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the Bank, such as the World Bank's "Safeguard Policy" requirements being reasonable, the Bank imposing reasonable conditions on its lending, disbursing funds promptly, increasing Croatia's institutional capacity, and providing effective implementation support.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Croatia:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Croatia's EU integration and EU income convergence in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value in Croatia.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate where they get information about economic and social development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the Bank, and their usage and evaluation of the Bank's websites. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the Bank's Access to Information policy, past information requests from the Bank, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the World Bank as a result of the Bank's Open Data policy. Respondents were also asked about their level of agreement that they know how to find information from the Bank and that the Bank is responsive to information requests.
H. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they professionally collaborate with the World Bank, their exposure to the Bank in Croatia, and their geographic location.
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- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
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