FINAL MENTOR CRITIQUE FORM
Your name, position Dr Peter Anderson; Independent Consultant in Public
Health, Honorary Fellow, University of Oxford, England
Name of Fellow you have assisted Konstain Krasovsky
1. What, in your opinion, have you and your Fellow/program/project gained
from your cooperation thus far?
Dr Krasovsky has made an analysis of passing tobacco control legislation
in Ukraine. It is an exceptional analysis identifying what worked and what
did not work. I have learnt the difficulty of passing new legislation in
a country of the former Soviet Union. I have also learnt that there are many
similarities in passing legislation in all European countries. The
analysis provides a good case study and example that is of relevance to the
tobacco control community throughout the world. The policy making process
is well summarized by Dr Krasovsky as science, art, sport and ethics. I have
gained a deeper understanding of the policy making process and the barriers
and facilitators to new policy in Ukraine. I hope that Dr. Krasovsky has
gained a more mature and balanced approach to policy making through his international
contacts and some of my own experience.
2. Do certain areas of this Fellow’s work need improvement? Which areas?
In my previous report, I wrote the following:
“ I have worked with and known the fellow at a national and international
level since 1992. Over this time I have seen considerable growth in his maturity,
understanding of the topic and becoming an experienced scientist and policy
advocate in the field of tobacco. He has learnt to balance enthusiasm and
expertise with the appropriate modesty. His personal and analytical skills
are very well developed. I have learnt more from him than he has probably
learnt from me. He would benefit from having a wider range of international
publications. He could develop an advocacy training manual and course for
use in countries of the former Soviet Union.”
Everything that I wrote still stands. I find that through this fellowship,
Dr Krasovsky has become a more mature and well rounded policy analyst and
advocate. I think that he should write up his report for publication in an
international journal. The report can also be used as a component of an advocacy
manual or tool for use in European countries, particularly the countries
from the former Soviet Union. The present report will be strengthened by
Some language editing.
Adding a methodology section - that is how did he go about collecting the
material on which his report is based (analyzing documents, personal observation
through attendance at meetings etc, interviews with key stakeholders etc).
A very brief review of what has happened since the dates considered in the
If possible, references to key documents referred to in the report.
3. In your opinion, does your Fellow’s project make a significant contribution
to the field?
Yes, his work and the report that he has produced is a very nice case study
and summary of the law making process in Ukraine as it applies to tobacco
control. This will help many advocates and NGOs in their work in their own
countries. It would be a very good case study to use in an advocacy course
for the course participants to discuss how they might have handled the situation.
4. Would the project be important to other countries in the CEE/fSU region?
Undoubtedly yes. It is important not only for countries in the CEE.FSU region,
but in fact, other European and indeed all countries that are in the process
of making tobacco control law. There are many commonalities with other countries,
and the case study should not be seen as an isolated action in one country
or one type of country (i.e. FSU).
5. Could the proposed policy research make an impact on the policy environment
in specific countries or regions? (Policy makers, experts and policy research
Undoubtedly yes. See my answer to 4 above. I believe that the lessons learnt
and the issues raised are global in their implication.
6. Is the timetable for the project realistic?
7. Could the project benefit a large number of people?
Yes. The project benefits the public health and scientific communities working
on tobacco control policy at governmental and non-governmental levels. If
improved law making results as an outcome of this project (which it should),
then the project has implications for global public health, considering that
cigarettes lead to at least 4 million deaths each year, increasing to 10
million in the next 15 years. It is very important that the report is edited
and published in a scientific journal (for example Tobacco control).
8. Does the Fellow show evidence that he/she can think strategically
about the relevant project and/or field?
Yes. He is very experienced strategically and politically.
9. If the Fellow were to re-apply for continued OSI funding for follow-up
work associated with the project, would you support continued funding?
Yes, undoubtedly. Any such funding would be a very good investment. Dr Krasovsky
is exceptional in delivering high quality work on time.
10. Are there other appropriate funders that may support the project?
Yes. Applications could be made to bilateral donors, such as foreign
affairs countries of European Union countries
Recommendations for other potential senior contacts for this Fellow:
Dr. Konstantin Krasovsky is a talented fellow who should be listened to,
and who deserves continued support
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