Work Package 2

WP 2 Needs assessment and case studies: Identifies the requirements of end-users and the radicalisation vulnerability risks which play a key role within PERICLES. ARQ will increase these under-standings through qualitative research, with aid from various partners.

Under this workpackage a needs assessment will be executed, this to provide an evidence base upon which the tools can be developed. The tools will support the work of Law Enforcement Agencies working in the domain of terrorism and radicalisation throughout Europe. Also for families of radicalising or radicalised persons material will be developed to help and assist them in this very complicated matter.

The needs assessment will research the needs of Law Enforcement personnel: community police officers, experts within the police agencies, intelligence agencies, prison services. We aim to collect 500 responses from all over Europe to get a sharp idea what exactly needs to be developed to make the work more effective and efficient.


Objective of work package 2

  • To provice a solid base of evidence upon which the tools under workpackage 3 can be developed
  • To get a clear picture of the needs of professionals working in law enforcement agencies to improve the effectiveness of their work in the prevention of radicalisation and countering violent extremism
  • To learn from the experience of families of radicalised persons to better understand the complexity of the issue
  • To develop a blueprint for the development of a family care package


Overall Approach

Overall approach to really get the picture is to work closely with the end-users. To develop an effective questionnaire we consulted representatives of the different target groups, so to be sure we were asking the right questions. The questionnaire has been spread in 10 different countries and we hope to get a good response. At the moment the questionnaires are being analysed and we hope to have the the final results at the end of June.

In addition to this widespread online questionnaire we will have interviews with families of radicalised persons, former radicals and convicted terroritsts. We want to get a  deeper understanding of the proces of radicalisation on the one hand, and on the other hand to look at the collaboration between families and law enforcement agencies. We have the impression that this can be improved and we want to know how we can support this to contribute to prevention of radicalisation and countering violent extremism.


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