The INDEED project, co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is a three-year project working on a more efficient evidence-based model for evaluation of radicalisation prevention and mitigation to strengthen first-line practitioners’ and policymakers’ knowledge, capabilities and skills for designing, planning, implementing and evaluating PVE/CVE and de-radicalisation initiatives in an effective and proven manner.
The concept of INDEED is founded on a specific approach of participatory, user-based design philosophy, as well as interaction and exchange between academia, practitioners, policymakers, to find a common language and identify the practical usability of existing research and produce the evidence-based results needed in the field of PVE/CVE and de-radicalisation.
INDEED core methodology is based on a ‘5 I’ approach – involving 5 project phases, namely Identify, Involve, Innovate, Implement and Impact – to facilitate co-creation of the individual project phases and implementation with the direct engagement of multi-sectoral stakeholders through SMART hubs (Stakeholder Multisector Anti-Radicalisation Teams).
The INDEED project consortium consists of 19 organisations representing 15 European countries and is coordinated by the Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS), a non-governmental institution which is active in the field of security: R&D projects, training, dissemination and education via conferences, workshops, and other initiatives. PPHS has been involved in research and development projects, as well as project training, mostly in the field of national security, financed by the Polish National Center for Research and Development (NCBR). Since November 2017, the PPHS has also participated in other European projects and since November 2020 acts as the secretariat of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services.
The Project Coordinator is Marzena Kordaczuk-Was. With a PhD in social sciences, she served in the Polish police for eighteen years, coordinating issues related to crime prevention, with particular emphasis on the prevention of radicalisation. Currently, she works at the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), actively cooperates with the PPHS as an expert on radicalisation prevention, and acts as the Co-Chair of the RAN POL Working Group of the Radicalisation Awareness Network and member of the Steering Committee of RAN COE of the Radicalisation Awareness Network – Centre of Excellence (RAN-COE) upon selection by the European Commission.
Whilst the aspirations of INDEED are high, the solid network of partners makes the project and its goals realistic. The implementation of the project idea will be firmly supported by the SMART Hubs network and will establish and ensure greater internal security and reinforcement of a strong sense of the European Union’s citizens’ security.