The research concept is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, such as semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The study includes theoretical and empirical parts. The theoretical part is based on a review of analytical documents of Belarusian and international NGOs, including monitoring of changes in law and practice, as well as considering the data of the current advisory activity on CSOs’ establishment and operation in Belarus.
The empirical part of the research study includes focus groups and a standardised expert survey. The experts were leaders (managers or members of regulatory bodies) from registered and unregistered CSOs in Belarus. Each CSO was represented by one expert. The research took place from March to August 2014, including the theoretical part – from March to June 2014 and the empirical part – from April to August 2014. A total of 150 experts participated in the research: 123 CSO heads and 27 members of managerial bodies. 110 respondents (i.e. 73.3%) represented CSOs registered in Belarus and 40 (i.e. 26.7%) were from CSOs unregistered in Belarus.