This phase is the first step in realizing the project that you roughly sketched out in the idea phase. The preparation phase is often the most time-consuming one, so make sure to allocate enough time, so you will be able to have everything ready for the participation phase.
In this phase, you should get more into detail. Determine whether you run a short project on OPIN or a longer participation process on OPIN combined with offline events. Choose the OPIN feature that you want to use and make yourself familiar with the OPIN project environment that offers many possibilities, such as giving basic pre-information on the project, uploading offline events‘ results and many more. We advise checking out the OPIN manual and to run a test-project with your team. See here.
You have a good idea, you know your decision-makers and you founded your project. What are you missing? Young People! Sometimes it is hard to get in touch and connect. Try to form partnerships, for example with schools or youth clubs. This will help you to engage with young participants at an early stage.
Welcome to the DiGY podcast series. In this episode, we talk about how to best integrate young people of different experiences and educational backgrounds in the participation process. Our guest today is Dr. Alicja Pawluczuk, a researcher and very active expert on digital inclusion.