Dmytro Khutkyy

Dmytro Khutkyy is the Policy and Advocacy Advisor at European Digital Development Alliance as well as the National Researcher at the Independent Reporting Mechanism, Open Government Partnership initiative, and the Expert at the Coalition for the Advance of e-Democracy, in Ukraine.

He has obtained his PhD in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and taught sociology courses at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. After that he has accomplished several international programs in Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the United States, studying patterns of democratic participation under the modern global trends.

In Ukraine, he participated in grassroots civic activism within the Center for Innovations Development, Reanimation Package of Reforms, and Transparency International. Dmytro Khutkyy evaluated and advised on reforms of Ukrainian government related to access to information, public accountability, and civic participation. Besides, he performed expert consultancy for UNDP, OECD, eGA, EGAP, DRI, IRI, and other organizations on best practices of civic technology and open government.

Dmytro Khutkyy conducts research, training, and communication to promote digital democracy and innovative governance.

Research project: Participatory Budgeting as a Democracy Amplifier: Comparing Lessons from Poland and Ukraine

The available inquiries of participatory budgeting within Poland and Ukraine are limited to individual countries and do not allow to estimate the complex impact of participatory budgeting on participation rates, the quality of democracy, and to identify the underlying causes. Therefore, this project raises the question: what is the impact of participatory budgeting on local democracy in Poland and Ukraine?

In order to find an answer, the project sets up the following aims: to assess the dynamics of the scope of civic participation in Polish and Ukrainian municipalities with participatory budgeting; to find out wider effects of participatory budgeting on community engagement; to reveal the outcomes of participatory budgeting for the quality of direct democracy; and to identify socio-political community attributes linked with the impact of participatory budgeting.

Being essentially interdisciplinary, the project relies on the theories of direct, deliberative, and digital democracy elaborated by scholars of political science, social sciences, and development studies. Methodologically, this is a mixed-methods inquiry employing the methods of quantitative data collection and analysis as well as semi-structured in-depth expert interviews.

The research findings can be utilised in further academic research and applied for policy making.

Dates of stay: 1 March - 31 July 2021