WHAT IS WE?
Young people in risk of exclusion was trained on how to participate in the political life of their cities.
City councilors in selected European cities shared ideas with young people in risk of exclusion.
A powerful community engagement platform was used to optimize communication between representatives and electors.
Political science researchers studied the effects of training and technology in the ‘political efficacy’.
WE is a project aimed at fostering e-participation in European cities with a special focus in involving citizens with low digital literacy. Five European cities were selected to take part in the project. Young people was trained on how to participate in the democratic life of their cities. Then online and offline meetings were held where young people and city councilors discussed hot topics for the future of the city. The University of Konstanz carried out surveys to measure the effect of the project on the level of citizens' political efficacy. And the consortium disseminated the results of the project distributing a report and audiovisual material at a European and global scale.
Cities were selected in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Lithuania.
Local organizations prepared the training for young citizens.
Kuorum was the community engagement platform used for online communication.
The University of Konstanz selected a control city to compare results.
PROF. DR. SHIKANO
The University of Konstanz, in Germany, carried out a panel survey to analyse the evolution of the political efficacy in specific districts of Mannheim and the city of Ladenburg. The panel survey consists of three waves. Two were initiated in summer and autumn 2016 and the third wave followed in summer 2017. Wave 2 also contains new[…]
During the project, we organized joint events where local elected officials and youngsters came together to discuss on the topics of their previous online debates. These offline events were crucial to close the training phase for both groups. The joint events were open to the public. First, politicians and citizens discussed on the most polemic[…]
Throughout this project, the technology provider developed a flexible community engagement platform for local and regional governments. This technology can be used by city councils to set up their own community engagement website with their logo and colors. They can open debates, surveys and events. And citizens can actively publish petitions. If you want to[…]
One key element to improve political efficacy is training. The youngsters and politicians that participated in our project attended to offline training events. The youngsters were tought some basic concepts of local politics. And local politicians were confronted with data that ilustrates the reality of young disadvantage people in their communities. In the following links you’ll find the[…]
The project was structured in two phases of one year each. After the joint event with local politicians and youngsters, polls were carried out to analyse the effect of the trainings and online debates on the political efficacy of the young disadvantage people. Then, those results were contrasted with the evolution of surveys carried out[…]
After the first year experiences with local politicians and youngsters in five countries, the consortium (formed by the University Konstanz, CESIE, Verein Multikulturell, SIF and Kuorum) have presented the results in a meeting in Germany. After carrying out the interviews and surveys, the results are quite positive. Both youngsters and politicians appreciate the idea of[…]