The International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) is one of Ukraine’s top independent think-tanks involved in the development and analysis of public policy.

Building on more than 20 years of experience, ICPS proposes the strategic vision of the country’s development and transformation. It is based on implementation of the complex of cross-sectoral reforms and innovative developments in public governance and political competition.

Mission

Promotion of reforms, democratic principles of governance, and social transformations in Ukraine on the basis of European integration.

Main focus areas:

  • Foreign Policy;
  • Political Competition;
  • Government Decisions;
  • Reforms support;
  • Conflict Settlement;
  • Constitutional Process;
  • Economic Forecast;
  • Gender Equality;
  • Fight against Corruption;
  • Leaders of Change.

Background

ICPS was founded in 1994 upon the initiative of the Prague-based Open Society Institute (OSI). At that moment, ICPS was the first independent think-tank in Ukraine. Its mission was to analyse economic policy and prepare long-term forecasts for the Government and President of Ukraine.

Organisation’s structure

ICPS team comprises up to 15 staff experts and 5 administrative employees. Depending on the project, an additional number of experts is engaged.

ICPS comprises:

  • Department of Internal Policy,
  • Department of Foreign Policy,
  • Department of Economic Analysis,
  • Communication Department,
  • Administrative Department.

ICPS has a wide spread network of local partner organizations all over Ukraine comprising 24 local partners in total.

Implemented projects

Over the past 22 years, ICPS has successfully completed a large number of projects in political and economic spheres aimed at increasing Ukraine's capacity in the world. During 2015 the ICPS implemented 19 projects in the areas of reforms, reintegration and modernization of Ukraine. Several of those projects covered all the regions of the country.

List of implemented projects in 2015 – 2016:

Supporting reforms focus:

Conflict resolution focus:

Constitutional process focus:

Gender equality focus:

Fight against corruption focus:

  • Local Watchdogs to Ensure Control over Public Finances (for Rivne, Kherson, Sumy, Chernivtsi and Zhytomyr regions);
  • Local Watchdogs in Ensuring Control over Public Finances (for Khmelnytskyi, Rivne, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv and Kherson regions);
  • Coalition of regional CSOs for public finance control.

Leaders of Change focus:

Regular Publications:

  • Inside Ukraine, regular analytical reports on the internal developments in Ukraine;
  • Foreign Policy Insight, regular analytical reports on the developments in the international arena;
  • Economic Insights and Forecasts, monthly analysis of Ukraine’s economic situation.

Regular activities:

  • Diplomatic briefings, regular meetings with foreign diplomats based in Ukraine to discuss state decisions, political competition and economic forecast under the Chatham House rules;
  • Diplomatic Club, regular meetings of foreign policy experts and policymakers;
  • Geopolitics, weekly analytical TV and radio programs on global affairs.

Membership/affiliations in professional associations/organizations:

Major donors (2015 – 2016):

International recognition

2016: ICPS was ranked by 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 33nd position in the Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe Category,
  • 54th position in the Top Education Policy Think Tanks Category;
  • 113th position in the Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks Category.

2015: ICPS was ranked by 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 32nd position in the Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe Category,
  • 55th position in the Top Education Policy Think Tanks Category;
  • 112th position in the Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks Category.

2014: ICPS was ranked by 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 40nd position in the Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe Category,
  • 54th position in the Top Education Policy Think Tanks Category.
  • 2013: ICPS was ranked by 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):
  • 43rd position in the Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe Category,
  • 45th position in the Top Education Policy Think Tanks Category.

2012: ICPS was ranked by 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 43rd position in the Top 60 Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe Category,
  • Rated as one of the Top Education Policy Think Tanks in the Top Education Policy Think Tanks Category.

2010: ICPS won a PASOS competition for policy studies among PASOS members on the topic “Civil Society and the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)”;

2010: ICPS was ranked by 2010 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 18th position in the Central and Eastern European Think Tanks Category.

2009: ICPS was ranked by 2009 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania (USA):

  • 14th position in the Top 30 Central and Eastern European Think Tanks Category;
  • Ranked among 392 Think Tanks Nominated As One Of The Leading Think Tanks In The World.

2009: ICPS was ranked the best predictor of the dollar exchange rate among companies by the Credit Rating Agency.

2008: ICPS was ranked among the top 228 think-tanks in the world, out of 5080, by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).

2005: ICPS was recognized as the most successful think-tank in Ukraine by the Global Development Network.

Major international partners:

  • United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (Kyiv);
  • European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate (Brussels);
  • Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs (Brussels);
  • International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT), non-profit organisation, which collects the experiences of recent democratic transitions and shares them with those who are determined to follow that same path (Budapest);
  • Robert Schuman Foundation, a reference research centre, developing studies on the European Union and its policies promoting the content of these in France, Europe and elsewhere in the world (Paris);
  • Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO), non-governmental non-profit organization established in support of economic and social reforms which aim to remove barriers to the long-term positive development of the Slovak economy and society (Bratislava);
  • Cultural Vistas GmbH, a non-profit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions (Berlin - New York);
  • mediatEur, non-profit organisation, supporting the peaceful transformation of armed conflicts within and between states, by promoting the use of innovative and effective methods of conflict resolution, dialogue and mediation (Brussels);
  • swisspeace, a practice-oriented peace research institute analysing violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation (Bern);
  • Polis 180, German grassroots think tank created by young policy enthusiasts, dealing with European and foreign affairs. It aims to overcome party divides and instead focuses on the substance of the questions that bother young generation most;
  • Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), a democracy assistance organisation of political parties in the Netherlands and for political parties in young democracies.

Media partnership:

  • news-portal belonging to top 15 Ukrainian news resources Apostrophe

Documented Policies and Procedures:

Contact:

You can send your questions to ICPS Communication Director

Iryna Stepanova 
Tel: (+38-044) 253 44 82
e-mail: press@icps.kiev.ua
 

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