In December 2016, the Tackling Paramilitarism Programme Board commissioned a short independent research project aimed at providing an evidence base to inform decisions on local areas for focused intervention, in support of the Executive’s Action Plan for Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime. The research, conducted in January 2017, encompassed a range of measuring techniques, including making use of official statistics, reviewing relevant academic literature and holding discussions with stakeholders.
The eight areas agreed to be the focus for targeted support to transition through Action B4 were identified as those under most influence and coercive control by paramilitary structures and organisations and impacted most by associated criminality at that time.
Phase 1 Fieldwork Reports
Phase 1 of the project took place early 2018 and involved consultations and engagement with a variety of individuals, groups and organisations who live and/or work in the areas of focus for the Communities in Transition Project. The contributions made have informed the area summary reports, which set out what participants told us during Phase 1. These reports highlight key issues within the eight Communities in Transition areas across a range of themes and identifies possible solutions to tackling these issues.
We are conscious that there will be other views and perspectives on the issues associated with paramilitarism, criminality and organised crime and the purpose of the publication is to stimulate discussion and promote debate on issues that are of utmost importance to the continuing development of our society.
With Phase 1 now complete, this summary report will be used to encourage conversations during Phase 2 when we will be re-engaging with communities as part of a participatory design phase. This will be opportunity for local communities to work with us to turn those ideas and proposals previously discussed into activities which can be delivered in each area.
Phase 2 Participatory Design Workshop Reports
Phase 2 of the Communities In Transition project involved applying a participatory design approach to the development of projects or 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 Phase 1 as being particularly prevalent in these areas in relation to paramilitarism, 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:
If you have not had the chance to participate in this phase but would like to, or if you have any other queries, please contact the Communities In Transition Team