The World Bank is interested in gauging the views of clients and partners who are either involved in development in Belarus 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 Belarus, 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 Belarus. The World Bank commissioned an independent firm to oversee the logistics of this effort in Belarus.
The survey was designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Assist the World Bank in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Belarus perceive the Bank;
- Obtain systematic feedback from stakeholders in Belarus regarding:
· Their views regarding the general environment in Belarus;
· Their overall attitudes toward the World Bank in Belarus;
· Overall impressions of the World Bank's effectiveness and results, knowledge and research, and communication and information sharing in Belarus; and
· Perceptions of the World Bank's future role in Belarus.
- Use data to help inform the Belarus country team's strategy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The World Bank Country Assessment Survey covered the following topics:
A. General Issues Facing Belarus
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank
C. World Bank Effectiveness and Results
D. The World Bank's Knowledge
E. Working with the World Bank
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Belarus
G. Communication and Information Sharing
H. Background Information
Stakeholders of the World Bank in Belarus
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
In January 2013, 190 stakeholders of the World Bank in Belarus 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 Presidential Administration; the office of the Prime Minister; the office of a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry or a state committee; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral and multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; the financial sector/private banks; CSOs; the media; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and beneficiaries of a program.
A total of 115 stakeholders participated in the country survey (61% response rate).
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Mail Questionnaire [mail]
Data Collection Notes
Respondents received questionnaires via post or email and returned them accordingly. Respondents were asked about: general issues facing Belarus; their overall attitudes toward the Bank; the World Bank's effectiveness and results; the Bank's knowledge; working with the World Bank; the Bank's future role in Belarus; and the Bank's communication and information sharing in Belarus.
The Questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Belarus:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Belarus is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the top three most important development priorities, and which areas of development would contribute most to improving people's lives and generating economic growth in Belarus.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the World Bank, the Bank's effectiveness in Belarus, Bank staff preparedness to help Belarus solve its development challenges, 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 effective instruments in helping to promote development and reduce poverty in Belarus, with which stakeholder 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 Belarus, the extent to which the Bank meets Belarus's needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, and the Bank's level of effectiveness across thirty development areas, such as economic growth, governance and anti corruption, 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 in Belarus and its technical quality.
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 Belarus' institutional capacity, and providing effective implementation support.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank in Belarus:
Respondents were asked to rate how significant a role the Bank should play in Belarus' development in the near future and to indicate what the Bank should do to make itself of greater value in Belarus.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate how 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 their 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 Belarus, and their geographic location.
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank
The World Bank Microdata Library
The World Bank
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- 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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