The overall aim of the proposed project is to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism. The PERICLES (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation) project is especially dedicated to transitional processes of radicalisation. To meet its aims, PERICLES will consider violent left-wing and right-wing as well as religious ideologies. A special focus will be set on the risks connected with digital violent propaganda. The PERICLES project will deliver advanced and validated counter-propaganda techniques that are target-group-specific.
Furthermore, the cooperation between relevant authorities who have due regard against violent radicalisation or support the process of de-radicalisation will be enhanced through the use of the pro-ject outputs. The comprehensive PERICLES prevention strategy will therefore largely address law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and security agencies; but will also find use by prisons and social workers, teachers and even relatives of affected people.
To achieve the specific PERICLES objectives, a structured methodical framework will be formulat-ed comprising of eight targeted work packages (WPs). The WPs will be carried out seamlessly, with clear inter‐linkages and continuous exchange of information. This will ensure that the results and conclusions of the various WPs are incorporated at appropriate stages throughout the lifetime of the project, enabling the gradual refinement and advancement of the concept. Each WP consists of tasks, which draws on the combined expertise of the consortium partners. The WP overview is de-tailed below:
WP 1 Workup of existing tools and policies towards a holistic understanding of prevention: Es-tablishes a common frame of reference from which initiates the development and operationalisation of the PERICLES concept. KFN lead this WP, ensuring the evaluation and effectiveness of counter-radicalisation programs are fully researched, to kick-start a focused context for the succeeding WPs.
WP 2 Needs assessment and case studies: Identifies the requirements of end-users and the radical-isation vulnerability risks which play a key role within PERICLES. ARQ will increase these under-standings through qualitative research, with aid from various partners.
WP 3 Modelling: As WP leader, THA will develop a series of models to provide the technical backbone for the development of tools, ensuring the recommendations based on previous needs assessments are included.
WP 4 Tool development: A multi‐disciplinary, holistic suite of tools will be developed to advance practical mechanisms which can be used to identify, intervene and support individuals at risk of radicalisation. This WP will include technical, social and economic considerations associated with the tools development. WP3 will be led by KFN with major inputs from all technical partners.
WP5 Validation: Continual feedback of the PERICLES toolkit will be assessed and evaluated to inform its refinement and eventual validation. TNO will lead this work‐package to ensure the full realisation of the intended objectives of the tailor-made tools are tracked and met from the onset.
WP6 Legal and ethical supervision: The introduction of tools to deal with radicalisation is a task which raises questions to an individual’s liberty, privacy and security. This is especially importantin the EU, and to improve the acceptability and efficacy of the PERICLES outputs. As such, UOW and UMH will be involved in the consistent ethical and legal monitoring of PERICLES.