Our 'Voices' create impact through mobilisation of data project will contribute to build and expand the foundation of a sustainable European network of digital Community Reporting centers which will reach out to individuals and communities especially those who are isolated or excluded. The project is funded by the E.U Erasmus + Programme.
People's stories can add rich qualitative data to projects and provide research teams and organisations with unique insight.
These stories can be used to identify key themes, inform findings and conclusions, and positively impact on policy, service design and local agendas for social change. Digital Community Reporting is a powerful tool for collecting these stories from citizens but there is no coherent mechanism for making these digitally-generated stories, which provide valuable accounts of their lived experience, accessible to decision- and policy-makers. The project intends to develop a pan-europeon curator training programme to bring these stories together to provide insight to these groups .
The innovative training curriculum and framework for these curators will add value to the data, and the resource database will provide support to mobilise the data and present it through open-access digital platforms. These curators will be able to evaluate the stories emerging from their digital-story telling communities, and present these stories as meaningful data in a media format.
- Inter-national strategic partnerships across Europe to sustain and maintain strong in-country networks for grass roots communities and individuals to find and use their "voice“ through the fast growing digital Community Reporting networks.
- A sustainable, pan-European community of curators working together to catalogue and mobilise data in a meaningful way to pinpoint local, regional, national and international trends, needs and issues.
- Connections with key decision and policy makers in-country and internationally to ensure that community voices are heard and responded to by actions and policies which have positive social impact.
The key deliverables for the project our:
The development of a Digital Curator Training Programme
This training programme will include a guideline document to trainers, organisers and facilitators. All partners will develop an initial study to identify existing digital Community Reporting organisations and how they are collecting, cataloguing and sharing data. A workshop will review and discuss the findings, with the main goal of identifying key competences which should be included in the training programme. Once the key competences are identified, the curriculum will be developed and a Train Trainer programme undertaken to equip digital curators with the skills, competences and knowledge to curate the stories from the diverse communities.
Digital Curator Learner Book
Since Our Voices aim is to enable everybody to participate and tell their stories, the partnership will look at disadvantaged learners. The e-Learning book will provide a non-verbal approach on delivering the outputs of the project to learners with reading/writing and language challenges. The book is especially designed for groups such as Roma and Refugees but will also include learners with learning difficulties and literacy issues. The book will contain the same learning modules as described in the Digital Curator Training Programme but offer additional inclusive learning materials.
Resource Bank of Virtual Library
This web based resource bank (database) will allow users to locate supportive materials such as articles, audios, videos, existing web resources and any items and fields of information that will support the training of digital curators. It will also act as virtual library where curated stories will be shared. It will be categorised to reflect the area of interest e.g., learning, support materials, fields of interest e.g socially isolated groups, immigrants, etc. It will would also be linked to supportive learning materials, webinars and signpost e-learning platforms linked to the project. It will also provide access to project social media platforms, forum and chat room. This will continue to be added to, and interacted with, after the life time of the project so it will continue to contribute towards the development of networks, build awareness of the Digital Curator training programme and its important role in the future of the digital community reporting field.
Together we can do more!
People’s Voice Media is a NGO based in Salford in Manchester that works across Europe. PVM was founded in 1995 and we specialise in supporting people to have a voice. In 2013 we were recognized as being one of the top 50 digital leader in the UK. We developed the Community Reporter programmer in 2007 and this has now developed into a pan European Community Reporter partnership with over 35 organisational members and almost 2000 reporters. Reporters are local residents often from marginalized and excluded groups who tell their own stories and the story of other people around them to develop an authentic European voice of real people. All are programmers are accredited and quality assured through the Institute of Community Reporters. We work in the Heath, housing and higher education and research sector with service users, citizens and communities.
The Comparative Research Network was founded in 2007 and has works in the field of adult education. The CRN Network specialises in delivering training activities within the fields of intercultural competences, intergenerational learning, mobilities and migration. Additionally CRN specialises in creating and performing evaluation and dissemination processes. Due to CRN being organised as a transnational network, it has an international scope. As an NGO CRN is non-profit oriented and performs crucial part of its work on a voluntary bases. The major target groups of the CRN are marginalized groups, such as persons living in remote rural areas, seniors and unemployed. CRN is seeking to link social science with civil society actions - that is why CRN has joined various local, national and transnational networks.
Change Maker is a change agency working in education, and using organisational consulting to support communities to start up activities, do fundraising and find networks. Changemaker are an experienced actor working in cooperation and education with the Swedish Folk High Schools and HigherVocational Training programmes (funded by Swedish Authority of Higher Vocational Training). Our programmes are concerned with getting people to find the ways to the labour market (through studies and practice).
COSV was born in 1968 and it is active in the field of the International Cooperation and Development. COSV is active in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Mediterranean and Middle East, the Balkans and in the Pacific. COSV aims to promote a culture of cooperation and solidarity between people building on an asymmetric relation between the donor and the beneficiary. COSV wants to foster a cooperation founded on the interaction among peers for the achievement of a common aim: the economic, social and human development of the societies. COSV also aims to build a real partnership with its local partners, where the relationship is built on a continuous and valuable discussion between different parties each sharing the same objectives.
FUNDACION INTRAS (Spain)
INTRAS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1994 dedicated to high quality research and intervention in the psycho-educational field. It aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable groups, and in particular youth at risk of social exclusion due to social/family/migrant/disability background. We do this by delivering education and training and promoting their inclusion into the labour market. The organisation consists of 10 centres in 8 different provinces in Spain with more than 120 psychologists and professionals from social and educational fields carrying out research, education and training. INTRAS targets young people who are not in employment,education or training aged 14-21. We re-engage them in second chance educational programmes and help them find job opportunities. INTRAS runs non-formal educational activities such as artistic workshops (handcrafts, painting, graffiti...) and ICT/digital workshops (computering design, digital photography, blogging, radio online, podcast...).
Częstochowa Association of Small Business Development was founded in1996. As part of its statutory function the govenment works with business at a local and regionally level in the field of rural development and community rural development. We organize and support various kinds of business projects through workshops, training, festivals and study trips. In the last 10 years over 10,0000 partcipants have taken part in our programmes. We also support businees development in rural areas through a loan fund. Since 2005, we started to support various local youth groups and have worked with 15 projects some of which our international. Employees of Czestochowa Small Enterprise Development Association for the last 7 years organised all kinds of international youth projects. For more than five years we have been working with organizations and youth groups from Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Armenia.