The Communities in Transition project is building community capacity in eight areas significantly impacted by paramilitary activity, criminality and organised crime. These areas were selected by the Tackling Paramilitarism Programme Board on the basis of independent research conducted in January 2017.
In September 2017 The Executive Office appointed a Consortium, led by Co-operation Ireland, in partnership with the Mitchell Institute (QUB), INCORE (Ulster University) and the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) as Strategic Partner to the Communities in Transitions project. In early 2018 this Consortium undertook fieldwork in each of the Communities in Transition target areas. The contributions made informed the area summary reports published below. These reports highlight key issues within the eight Communities in Transition areas across a range of themes and possible solutions to tackling these issues. The information presented in these reports represents the views and suggestions expressed by fieldwork participants. The proposed solutions included within the reports are not funding commitments but the starting point for continued dialogue on possible options moving forward.
Phase 2 Participatory Design Workshop Reports
The next stage of the project involved applying a participatory design approach to the development of proposals for interventions that would then be submitted to The Executive Office for consideration.
Throughout January and February 2019, a series of workshops were held in each of the Communities In Transition areas of focus. These were publicly advertised and open to all who wished to attend. Discussions were framed around seven key themes that emerged during the 2018 fieldwork as being particularly prevalent in these areas in relation to paramilitary activity, criminality and organised crime. These themes included:
- Young People
- Community safety and policing
- Community development
- Restorative practices
- Health and well-being
- Environment and culture
- Personal transition
The rationale behind the participatory design workshops was that they would support people from within these communities to identify the outcomes they want to achieve for the community and to consider the role the community should have in the delivery process.
Available participatory design workshop reports are listed below: