What is DEEP-linking Youth?
The aim of the Digital Ecosystem for E-Participation Linking Youth (DEEP-Linking Youth) project is to explore how e-participation can foster young people’s empowerment and active participation in democratic life. The project will test the functioning of a digital ecosystem for youth engagement by bridging technology and young citizens on a common task with the aim to provide quality input to decision-making in view of producing a sustainable impact.
DEEP-linking Youth is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and implemented by a consortium of seven European organisations. The project will run from December 2015 to November 2017.
This will include mapping existing youth mobility channels, developing online content and creating different analytical tools to monitor the results. One of the main outcomes will be the ‘Digital Dashboard’, which policymakers will be able to use to understand the concerns of young people and take into account their perspectives in the policy-making process.
The implementation of the project is supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme (Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform) and is led by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), and the Consultation Institute, in partnership with:
- Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
- Civil College Foundation (CCF), Hungary
- ProInfo Foundation, Bulgaria
- GONG, Croatia
- Citizens Foundation, Iceland
Remmert Keijzer and Fraser Henderson are leading on this project and have successfully identified digital influencers in the field of youth politics and learning mobility by undertaking digital stakeholder mapping, as per their Stakeholder Mapping Methodology report. Through this they have targeted relevant stakeholders, the most commonly used platforms, and the terminology used mainly by young people.
They have also written a Code of Ethics on how the project will attempt to perform Social Listening with integrity and maintain a sense of responsibility when dealing with personal data in line with fair expectations of European citizens.