Olga Kononykhina

quantitative sociologist & data scientist

Olga Kononykhina - Quantitative sociology and data science in the fields of art, culture, diversity, governance, development, civil society and non-profits

Corporate Citizenship

Data scientist at ZiviZ im Stifterverband
Currently working on the second wave of the Corporate Citizenship Survey

Key Competences

  • Know all the international statistics about nonprofit sector and civil society

  • Developed several methodologies that evaluate the state of civil society

  • Developed a Civil Society Enabling Environment Index

  • Gave lectures on civil society measurement

  • Created numerous beautiful presentations

  • Collected and analysed hundreds of data points and produced hundreds of beautiful #dataviz



Me and civil society research have a very long history. I have worked on various projects that measure civil society and nonprofit sector since 2008 (my cv).

  • I have first hand knowledge of the John’s Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP) , as I was a part of the team that did this survey in Russia. Later I became a fellow at the John’s Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.

  • I worked even more with another well known civil society measurement tool - Civil Society Index (CSI) (CIVICUS). I was a part of the team that conducted CSI in Russia, later I joined CIVICUS as an intern, then consultant, then research officer and took care of the CSI Civil Society Index to be finalised, analysed and published in about 30 countries. I was a part of the team that developed a smaller version of Civil Society Index (called Civil Society Rapid Assessment) and tested the methodology with our partners in The Gambia and Sierra Leone.

  • I have worked a lot with UIA (the database that lists all international organisations) and know it inside out as I analysed UIA data for multiple research projects (for example link)

  • Together with Lorenzo Fioramonti we developed a Civil Society Enabling Environment Index

  • As Part of the Governance Report Team (under supervision of professor Helmut Anheier) and together with professor Piero Stanig we developed a Civil Society Index

  • I have given multiple lectures and courses on measuring civil society and nonprofit sector in Russia, South Africa and Germany

  • I have conducted an analysis for the book about german foundations (Stiftungen in Deutschland) (there are 19K of them, in case you don’t know but always wondered)

  • Together with professor Helmut Anheier we wrote a chapter for the UNESCO Global Report 2015, exploring the role of civil society in the 2005 Convention implementation


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Chapter 14. Russia: A classical statist model (Irina Mersianova, Olga Kononykhina, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Lester M. Salamon) -Explaining Civil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach 2017

Partnering with civil society - Global Report - Evaluating the Impact of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions - Helmut K. Anheier; Olga Kononykhina 2015

Measuring the Enabling Environment of Civil Society: A Global Capability Index - VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations - Lorenzo Fioramonti; Olga Kononykhina 2014

In Search of Critical Capacity: Exploring Attitudes of NPO Leaders in Russia - Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 59/SOC/2015 Dr. Anael Labigne; Olga Kononykhina; Irina V. Mersianova 2015


Bridging the gaps: citizens, organisations and dissociation - CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation - Andrew Firmin; Mark Nowottny; Olga Kononykhina; JessicaHume 2011

A disconnected civil society – where does faith fit in? - Media Development - Andrew Firmin; Olga Kononykhina 2012

Civil Society in Modernising Russia CIVICUS Civil Society Index Analytical Country Report for Russia - NRU-HSE (also available in russian) - Lev Jacobson; Irina V.Mersianova; Vladimir V. Benevolensky; Olga Kononykhina etc. 2011