Data and Data Collection

Data Collection:

Collecting surveys in the midst of a revolution is a difficult and arduous process. Olga Onuch discusses the difficulties associated with the data collection and the process in greater detail in her post on CritCom.

Beginning November 26, 2013, research assistants based in Kyiv, supervised by Dr. Tamara Martsyniuk, were tasked with surveying protesters present on the Maidan Nezalezhnosty in the city centre of Kyiv, Ukraine for two hours every other day in teams of two. They were to approach every 6th or every 12th protester and were to follow a designated pattern to make their way through the crowd. The survey was suspended on January 10, 2014.

We estimate that our original team of 20 research assistants collected 1475 surveys, initially 1304 were imputed electronically by our research assistants based in Ukraine. Based on this original data two preliminary analyses were published.

Onuch, O. (2014). “Who Were The Protesters?”. Journal of Democracy. Available at

Onuch, O. (2015). “EuroMaidan Protests in Ukraine: Social Media Versus Social Networks”. Problems of Post-­Communism, vol. 62: 1–19, 2015  Available at

As noted in the above publications we encountered several difficulties during the imputation procedures. In 2015 small errors in the imputation (including double entry) were identified and since this time the data has been updated and finalized. The final sample size of the survey is 1263 and covers the protest dates of November 28 – December 27, 2013.

Based on this data the following analysis was published:

Onuch, O. and Sasse, G. (2016). Maidan in Movement. Europe Asia Studies. Volume 68, 2016. Available at