On measuring integrity with Dr Paul Vorster, The Ethics Institute

On measuring integrity with Dr Paul Vorster, The Ethics Institute

Dr Paul Vorster, an Internal Research Specialist at The Ethics Institute (Johannesburg), gives us his musings from our measuring integrity 'think-in' held in Vienna, Autumn 2022.

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The Global Programme for Measuring Corruption (‘GPMC’) recently held a 'think-in' at the International Anti-Corruption Academy HQ, in Vienna, to examine how measuring a different concept - integrity - could help change the narrative and yield better outcomes in the anti-corruption field.

The GPMC assembled a learned, thoughtful and talkative team of practitioners and academics, from a diverse range of disciplines and continents, to discuss, listen and learn about the topic over four days.

In this conversation with psychologist Dr Paul Vorster, an Internal Research Specialist at The Ethics Institute, he talks about his professional interest in corruption, ethics and 'counter-productive work behaviour', and the difficulties in defining and measuring integrity.

More about Dr Paul Vorster

Dr Paul Vorster holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology from the University of Johannesburg. He is Internal Research Specialist at The Ethics Institute. In this position he specialises in organisational ethics interventions and conducts evidence-based research on organisational culture/ethics using psychometrically sound measurement instruments. Dr Paul Vorster is an organisational ethics expert working with high profile public and private organisations in South Africa, the greater Africa region, and outside of Africa. Prior to working at The Ethics Institute Dr Paul Vorster was a research consultant at JvR Psychometrics and completed his PhD in Industrial Psychology. He is well-recognised in the field and often invited to conduct workshops, training, or written opinion pieces. He also has a strong statistical background in psychological measurement and presented approximately 18 papers at national and international conferences and written many opinion pieces/popular press articles.

Want to hear more?

We recorded one-on-one conversations with all of the other participants at the Vienna 'think-in' which are all now available to listen to on the major podcast platforms. https://measurement-matters.zencast.website

After the event we also recorded a conversation between the co-organisers of the 'think-in' - Liz David Barrett, Dieter Zinnbauer and Juan Ceballos - on why they chose the topic, what they learnt from the event and how it will inform the 'Programme' over the coming months. https://measurement-matters.zencast.website/episodes/reflecting-on-the-think-in-on-measuring-integrity

Want to read more?

If you would like to read more on the topic then:

Here’s our background briefing paper (LINK TO COME) published before the think-in; and

Here’s our key insights paper published after the 'think-in'.

If you want to find out more about the programme, visit this link:


And if you have specific questions please feel free to email the team: gpmc@iaca.int.


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