The fourth transnational partner meeting for the Open Minds project took place in October in Brussels. On it, the partners discussed the difficulties they have encountered in exploring the topic of radicalization with the target group. As feedback, the partners shared that the topic is too sensitive at times and as national contexts vary so does the importance of the topic on governmental agendas. In light of this, it was decided to extend the project to May 2023 and focus on raising more awareness through multiplier events.
Horizont ProConsult was accountable for compiling the data and analysis for pathways to deradicalisation and social inclusion. Based on this the consortium discussed the next work tasks and decided that focusing on in-depth interviews rather than an online questionnaire would be a more useful approach to gather knowledge on the topic. This is taking into consideration the sensitive nature of the topic and it is increasing chances of gathering the necessary data. A questionnaire is less suitable because the approach is impersonal whereas an in-depth interview grants a chance for building rapport and really understanding the context of the interviewee.
According to the aims of the project, the partners will coordinate to create an interactive game for the target group so that it enhances their communication skills, critical thinking and better prepare them for social integration. The research and presentation of these materials will be further refined through every partner conducting a focus group in their country, aiming to improve and make the content of the game as useful as possible for the target group.
Discussions were held also in terms of responsibilities for the dissemination of the project results and extending the project’s benefits to a wider range of potential beneficiaries. This includes working on newsletters, using social media channels and the project’s website.
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