Evaluation and Mentoring of the Multi-Agency Approach to Violent Radicalisation

The EMMA project was launched under coordination of the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and in collaboration with Ghent University, RadarAdvies and Violence Prevention Network. The project is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF-Police).

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The acronym EMMA stands for “Evaluation and Mentoring of the Multi-Agency Approach to Violent Radicalisation” and wants to provide answers to the challenges of multi-agency work (MAW). As stated by the RAN policy paper 2018 MAW structures and working processes are crucial for early and effective identification of individuals at-risk, improved information-sharing, joint decision-making and coordinated action. MAW breaks down historical silos between agencies and leads in different cities to cooperation, instead of fragmentation of services. Although practitioners and academics endorse the added value of MAW, they also pinpoint on some prerequisites of building an effective collaboration (building trust, awareness, ethical and legislative guidance, etc.). Two main challenges for MAW have been identified, namely (1) the lack of established policies and procedures for MAW in countering violent extremism, (2) thorough evaluation research of MAW approaches and (3) the barriers of information sharing.

To tackle these challenges, the EMMA project offers an academic evaluation of the multi-agency approach with the development of a self-evaluation tool for local officials, mentoring of peer-to-peer assessment and the development of training sessions and an e-learning platform for local MAW officials. Ghent University will work on the academic evaluation, while the other partners will carry out the mentoring part of the project.


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The project is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF-Police).