BRIEFING ON THE PROCESS OF DATA COLLECTION

INTERVIEWS & INDIVIDUAL MEETING NOTES

Initially, within the project I aimed to conduct between 5 and 10 interviews per country and the list did not include Croatia. Since Croatia had become a EU member state by the time the project started, I also included it in the research and this addition would have required between 65 and 130 interviews per project. 

As of October 2015, I have collected 114 unique* notes from interviews and indivdiual meetings with relevant stakeholders. Of these, 67 were collected in 2013, 37 in 2014 and 10 in 2015. 

* Although with some of the interviewees I had several discussions at different points in time, these were joined together and counted as a single item in the database. Therefore, the numbers above reflect the number of unique individuals with whom I conducted interviews (or had meetings/calls for clarifications of specific information) and not the actual number of interviews, which is thus slightly higher.

Based on affiliation the current distribution is the following: Bulgaria (1), Croatia (3), Cyprus (1), Czech Republic (4), Estonia (1), Hungary (7), Latvia (1), Lithuania (6), Malta (1), Poland (8), Romania (12), Slovakia (7), Slovenia (8), European Union institutions (11), international organizations (21), other affiliations (22). 

The affiliation was assigned to each person as follows: 
  • national - if the person is a representative of a relevant stakeholder for the development policy and activities of the respective country (i.e. governmental agency, NGO, academia, business, media);
  • European Union - if the person works for a EU institution in relation to international development policy issues;
  • international organizationsif the person works for an international governmental or nongovernmental organization in relation to international development policy issues and the countries in focus;
  • other - if the person works for an entity or in an activity relevant for the topic but s/he is not directly affiliated to any of the previous categories (i.e. policy or academic experts outside the countries in focus and non affiliated to EU institutions or international organizations as defined above).
By the end of the project, the target of a minimum number of interviews was achieved. At country level, Romania is slightly over-represented numerically and this happens, because of linguistic and institutional availability. However, more than half of the overall number of interviews were conducted with people directly involved in projects implemented by the new donors.

Since the purpose of these interviews is to complement the analysis with information that could not be found elsewhere and facilitate the access to documents otherwise difficult to access, and since these interviews are not used for statistical analysis, a uniformity of distribution or a minimum number of interviews per country is not necessarily required.

I am particularly grateful for their help in facilitating meetings with stakeholders and providing contacts for interviews to national NGDO platforms and colleagues from local universities working in the field.