Survey on perceptions of politics and geopolitics, war and peace in Ukraine

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Information on data protection, October 2022

Are you interested in taking part in a telephone survey about politics and geopolitics, war and peace in Ukraine?

Purpose of the project and who is conducting it?

The survey will be conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) for researchers at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway, who are responsible for the project. The survey, which is for scientific purposes only, is dedicated to better understanding the current situation in Ukraine. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Why are you being asked to participate?

This is a follow-up to a survey in which you participated in 2019, conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado and University College London. You are one of 2200 people who have randomly been selected to participate in the study.

What does participation involve for you?

The survey will take place on the phone, and it will last about 15 minutes. The interviewer will read questions out to you and record your answers on a tablet and, then, immediately afterwards, your answers will be uploaded to a secure server and removed from the tablet. The questions are about your views on politics and geopolitics in Ukraine, your experiences of the war, and your views on the prospects for peace. You have the right to stop the interview at any time (in which case we will delete all information), or to skip any questions that you do not want to answer.

How will we store and use your personal data?

KIIS will not keep a record of your personal information except for your phone number for a possible check on the interviewer’s work by a supervisor and for a potential follow-up of your opinion in a year’s time.

Your personal phone number will be replaced by a code, which will be encrypted and securely stored on KIIS’s server, separate from your answers to the questions, which are also securely stored and encrypted. The code will not be accessible to anyone except authorised staff at KIIS. Once KIIS has interviewed all the study participants, they will send a password-protected file of all the responses to the researchers at PRIO and delete the file from their servers. The file with the responses will be anonymous, and the researchers at PRIO will not have your phone number, hence they will not be able to trace the answers back to you.

In the analysis of the survey results, your answers will be used only in a generalized form, along with the answers of the 2200 other respondents, so it will not be possible for anyone to identify you based on, for example, your age or gender.

What will happen to your personal data at the end of the project?

The project comes to an end on December 1, 2023. When it does, KIIS will destroy the files with the code that links your phone number and responses.

The researchers at PRIO will keep the anonymous data for research purposes—for analysis and scientific publications.

Your rights

So long as you can be identified in the collected data, you have the right to:

  • access the personal data that is being processed about you
  • request that your personal data is deleted
  • request that incorrect personal data about you is corrected/rectified
  • object
  • send a complaint to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority regarding the processing of your personal data

What gives us the right to process your personal data?

We will process your personal data based on the legal basis that the task is carried out in the public interest—for research purposes.

Based on an agreement with the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the NorwegianData Protection Services has assessed that the processing of personal data in this project meets requirements in data protection legislation.

Where can I find out more?

If you have questions about the project, or want to exercise your rights, contact:

  • The Peace Research Institute Oslo via Project Leader: Prof Kristin M. Bakke (
  • Our Data Protection Officer: Lisa Andersen Reppe.

If you have questions about how data protection has been assessed in this project, contact:

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Kristin M. Bakke