Funded Projects from 2016-17 – Descriptions
The following projects have been signed as a result of the 2016-17 directed call for proposals.
Projects with funding amounts over $25,000 are available under Proactive Disclosure. Outcomes from these projects will be available in the Research Catalogue.
Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), Queen’s University
CVE and CT: Assessing Canada's Domestic and International Strategies
This project has brought together domestic and international experts and practitioners to develop indicators and guidelines for successful countering radicalization to violence initiatives.
Participants presented and reviewed various national programs for countering radicalization to violence as well as approaches for measuring what works.
Closely related areas of research and practice, including from public health, were evaluated for their applicability for reducing radicalization to violence. Early outcomes include publications from Queen’s to inform policy and practitioners. Over the longer term, this initiative will research papers, and a scoping study of domestic and international programs to identify key gaps in knowledge and in support for stakeholders.
University of Waterloo
Foreign Fighter Radicalization: Advanced Primary Data Acquisition, Analysis, and Modeling
This project will advance research on perspectives of Western foreign terrorist fighters, their families and friends, and other online supporters of violent extremist movements based in Syria and Iraq.
Research will focus on the role of social media, captured in interviews with users. This project will also develop and test methods to understand social media usage and how users interact with content. This will help inform programs for prevention, intervention and rehabilitation.
Association for Canadian Studies
Public Perceptions on Radicalization to Violence and Resilience in Canada
This project examines the Canadian public’s perceptions on radicalization to violence in order to identify current and emerging issues for countering radicalization to violence. Building on ten waves of public opinion research conducted since 2012, the study involves a new national survey with an oversample of youth and selected minorities and provides an online resource to share data and findings. This study will inform community leaders, policy-makers, frontline workers, researchers and the general public about how identities shape perceptions of terrorism and security.
Digital Shepherds Canada - Building the capacity of civil society & CRV practitioners to assess and engage with vulnerability online
This project will assess the capabilities, needs and skills gaps in Canada for online approaches to identifying, assessing and engaging with those at-risk of falling under the influence of violent groups. The research will examine challenges and responsibilities for frontline professionals tasked with prevention of radicalization to violence in their communities. Based on research, interviews, and stakeholder workshops, the study will present recommendations on how to use online tools in support of effective, community-based interventions in cases of potential radicalization to violence.
Canada Evidence-Based Practitioners Network
Mapping Assets, assessing scientific knowledge and developing shared national resources for the prevention of violent radicalization
The Network aims to support the growing community of professional practitioners and civil society actors in Canada who are involved in assessment, prevention and intervention with individuals at risk of radicalization to violence. The initiative will review evidence about what works, identify and connect existing programs across Canada, and produce and disseminate information and tools for prevention and intervention. Over the course of the research, the Network will draw on international best practice, and work to build connections for Canadian practitioners with counterparts abroad.
Design and Performance: Developing Canadian Partnerships for CVE
Internationally, common approaches to risk assessment and the creation of support plans to re-direct individuals off the pathways of radicalization to violence are multi-agency collaborative models. This research will fill a knowledge gap by analyzing the operation and evaluating the performance of how multi-agency approaches to countering radicalization to violence work in Canada.
The research will focus on municipal-level mechanisms in Canada, also referred to as ‘hub’ or ‘situation table’ models, as well as on the RCMP-led mechanism, the National Intervention Team model.
Direct intervention / prevention programming
Calgary Police Service
The ReDirect program brings together the City of Calgary Community & Neighborhood Services, Calgary Police Service and other professional partners in an early prevention and intervention initiative developed to stop youth from becoming radicalized to violence. ReDirect aims to increase and improve collaboration amongst community partners assisting vulnerable youth, and support knowledge sharing with other prevention and intervention efforts across Canada.
The funding will help expand the program’s three main efforts:
- identify youth at high-risk of becoming radicalized to violence and apply individual support plans to redirect them away from potentially dangerous activity;
- support communities and relevant stakeholders to address issues that lead to radicalization to violence; and
- develop public awareness of radicalization to violence and the factors that contribute to the problem.
For more information please visit the ReDirect website: http://www.redirectprogram.ca/
Project SOMEONE: Implementing Social Pedagogical Practices for CRV
Project SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day) promotes the use of social media and art in schools to build awareness and resilience, combat online hate speech and create space for dialogue. Educators accompany youth through classroom and online initiatives aimed at increasing media literacy, preventing hate speech and building resilience towards radicalization to violence.
This project enables not only effective youth engagement in the development of alternative narrative and intercultural dialogues but also provides tools and training for educators who want to promote discussions and awareness on sensitive topics. Project SOMEONE also analyzes how hate speech is produced, used and consumed in open online spaces.
Ontario Provincial Police (two projects)
Situation Tables – Interactive E Learning module and Manual Translation
These projects support the OPP in creating and implementing training programs for law enforcement officers and community partners in countering radicalization to violence. The OPP will create a French version of an existing training manual, as well as develop an interactive e-learning module to support participation in collaborative, multi-agency approaches to interventions for individuals considered at risk of involvement in violent criminal behavior, including radicalization to violence.
Bridging the Gap
This initiative will focus on the impact of social media and online communications on populations vulnerable to violent extremism. The project involves a series of roundtables with international experts from private, public, research and civil society sectors, as well as the production of video interviews, public outreach products and reports on lessons learned and policy recommendations.
The goal is to generate informed discussions about the roles and responsibilities of the private sector, community, and public institutions around the use of social media in support of countering radicalization to violence.
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