“Speaking about the goals of the contest, they are based on the current objectives of the Analytical Center and executive authorities,” said the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Galina Chinarikhina as she opened a workshop on the procedure and rules for participating in the Best Research Tools 2016. “Thus, whatever software solutions are presented for the contest, they must aim to solve the specific management and analytical problems we are facing today.” Mr. Chinarikhina also confirmed that the final report on the contest will include information on all the projects submitted to the contest and not just about the winners.
The workshop was held for prospective participants in the contest organized by the Analytical Center and was streamed live online. Deputy Head of the Department for Information Technologies of the Analytical Center Anatoly Karpenko, who developed the methodology for the contest, talked in detail about all of its stages, the thematic and technology-based nominations, about the work of the ranking expert group and answered questions from the participants. “All the research tools will be put in specific nominations,” Mr. Karpenko said. “The same tool can be presented in several nominations if it meets all of their conditions. However, a separate application must be submitted for each nomination.”
“The reform of the oversight function is on the verge of going into full swing and it requires new information analytics systems and a shared information space for the oversight authorities and the organizations they oversee,” lead adviser to the Department for Institutional Development of the Analytical Center Evgeny Lokhmatov said, presenting the nomination for analytical tools for use in oversight activities. He also expressed hope that the participants in the contest would create new opportunities in this field.
As answers were being prepared to the questions from the previous workshop, some changes were made to the application procedure. Originally, applicants were supposed to have been able to make minor changes to their applications until 16th October, the day when evaluation starts, if there was urgent need to make such changes. However, the period for the formal preparation of applications has now been extended so applications will be accepted from 15th September rather than 1st July and will be reviewed until 16th October. The time until 15th September should be enough to get all the necessary consultations and make all the necessary changes to the applications, the organizers believe. They are also willing to offer individual preliminary consultations, but no changes can now be made to submitted applications.
During the workshop Anatoly Karpenko called on the participants to keep abreast of the news published on the official website of the contest.