The ongoing war in eastern Ukraine has already led to over 13,000 deaths since the beginning of 2014. As a journalist, one of our groupmates spent a week in Kyiv and Donetsk for a journalistic project in 2015. Taking it as a source of inspiration, our group decided to further investigate the perceptions of Tartu students and residents about the contested regions of Donbas and Crimea in Ukraine.
After discussing different methods to carry out our research, we decided to test and compare the pre- and post-experimental beliefs on the topic of a selected group of participants.
Indeed, the notion of a disinformation campaign from certain countries has been prominent in recent years. To respond, Ukraine and the EU launched fact-checking websites, such as EU vs. Disinfo and StopFake.org, to inform the general public of the real situation in the conflict regions in Ukraine.
Our experimental research aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of such practice by showing factsheets dealing with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine to a group of volunteers. We found that there was a significant shift in attitudes of the participants whom we recruited for the experiment after showing them the factsheets.Continue reading