MENTOR CRITIQUE FORM
Your name, position: Volodymyr Rudiy, Chief of the Secretariat of
Committee of Health Care, Motherhood & Childhood of Verchovna Rada (Parliament)
Name of Fellow you have assisted: Konstantin Krasovsky
1. What, in your opinion, have you and your Fellow/program/project
gained from your cooperation thus far?
At present the main achievement of the Fellow’s project is that for the
first time in Ukraine independent expert Konstantin Krasovsky have analysed
current tobacco control policy in Ukraine, its strong and weak features.
The policy analysis conducted by Konstantin Krasovsky provides more detailed
and complex approach to decision concerning this policy improvement to increase
its effectiveness. It is very important that arguments presented by Konstantin
Krasovsky in his research demonstrate possibilities of new approaches implementation
to obtain substantial economic benefits for the society. These new approaches
of further toughening and ban of tobacco advertising can bring far more long-term
benefits due to reducing harmful effects of tobacco use on population’s health
and related growth of productivity forces quality, than short term national
budget revenues from taxes paid by tobacco companies and related commercial
structures from their income of tobacco production and advertising activities.
If these arguments will be perceived and supported by decision makers it would
have very positive effect for public health and development of tobacco control
policy in Ukraine.
2. Do certain areas of this Fellow’s work need improvement?
The research conducted so far by Konstantin Krasovsky is very helpful for
general understanding of the tobacco control policy and, as it was stressed
earlier, can be interested for those policy makers, which wish to support
comprehensive policies to improve public health in general. It contains some
interesting and valuable statistical data from other countries. However, to
my opinion, it would be very helpful to provide also statistical and prognosis
data, concerning the current situation in Ukraine. It would make the work
even more interesting and reasoned, would increase its value and possibilities
of its effective use by policy makers.
3. In your opinion, does your Fellow’s project make a significant contribution
to the field?
YES, to my opinion, the project has great national and international importance.
4. Would the project be important to other countries in the CEE/fSU region?
YES, to my opinion the project will have has special importance for the
former USSR and other Eastern European countries because national tobacco
control policies in these countries and very similar to the current policy
5. Could the proposed policy research make an impact on the policy environment
in specific countries or regions? (Policy makers, experts and policy research
YES, see the previous answer (question 4).
6. Is the timetable for the project realistic?
7. Could the project benefit a large number of people?
YES, tobacco use is one of the global public health problems.
8. Does the Fellow show evidence that he/she can think strategically about
the relevant project and/or field?
YES, undoubtedly the Fellow showed his ability to use strategic, based on
multi-sector approach thinking when developing recommendations, directed to
improvement tobacco control policy.
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?
10. Are there other appropriate funders that may support the project?
I suggest YES, there are should be some organizations which could have such
interest, while I could not name them at present. First of all, there could
be, for example, some UN agencies, European Comission and so on.
Recommendations for other potential senior contacts for this Fellow:
To my opinion, Konstantin Krasovsky has valuable knowledge and experience
and his expertise is very interesting and deserves attention.
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