About the Center for Applied Policy and Integrity

Who we are

The Center for Applied Policy and Integrity is a non-profit association which was established in Sofia, Bulgaria as an independent follow-up to the Lab on Institutional Corruption at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Our work has a focus on integrity of policies and practices in the public sector and education in particular, and on the development of applied solutions for practitioners, stakeholders, and researchers who work on policy improvement and share a concern about the vulnerability of public institutions and education providers to corruption.

Our Center is the institutional home of a network of international experts, sympathizers and supporters and is partnering with a range of like-minded institutions. Among them are the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Open Society Foundations, the UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning of the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the European Educational Research Association (EERA), the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the Network of Education Policy Centers of South East Europe (NEPC), and a range of civil society organizations in East and South-East Europe, Central Asia, Northern Africa and the Caucasus.

What do we do

We develop integrity assessment and evidence collection methodologies and carry out assessments of public institutions and education systems. The goal is to determine how vulnerabilities in the professional environment of practitioners and stakeholders in various sectors may provide them with motives and opportunities to engage in illicit or illegal conduct. Our work empowers these practitioners and stakeholders to act with integrity and informs policymakers on how to create professional environments that are conducive to that. We also provide trainings in which we disseminate our knowledge and solutions and raise the capacity of stakeholders to use them for their own purposes.