"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin

The Institute

The Corruption Research Center Budapest was created in November 2013 in response to the growing need for independent research on corruption and quality of government in Hungary. Hence, the Center was established as a non-partisan think tank independent of governments, political parties or special interest groups. It is financed by private donations, EU, and research funds.

The aims of the Center are to systematically explore the causes, characteristics, and consequences of quality of government, problems of corruption, and regulatory failures using an inter-disciplinary approach. In addition, the Center also aims to help citizens to hold governments accountable through the use of robust evidence. Our unique research approach combines qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse micro-level actor behaviour and it generates novel hard data on the phenomena under scrutiny. Making research findings accessible for the wider public and developing effective policy solutions is integral to our work. We believe that it is only through understanding and precisely measuring government activities we can build good government.


Miklós Hajdu, research fellow

Hanna Fölsz, research assistant

Balázs Molnár, software engineer

Zsanna Nyírő, research fellow

Júlia Orbán, administrative assistant

Klára Ungár, research fellow

Janka Velinsky, research assistant


Advisors & Experts

Katalin Andor, economist

Katalin Goldstein, language consultant

Jenő Gyenese, software engineer

Magda József,  lawyer & public procurement specialist

Zoltán Kelemen, lawyer & public procurement specialist

Tibor Kiss, pr consultant

Attila Székely, public procurement specialist


Hardware / Software Support

3Gteam ltd.



István János Tóth, PhD