Berlin
The Secondary Plenary Conference of the MINDb4ACT project took place in Berlin on July 2019. During the two-day meeting, partners address ethics issues and defined new project's priorities.

On Monday and Tuesday, 1-2 of July 2019 the Second Plenary Conference of the MINDb4ACT project took place in Berlin, hosted by our partner Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB). The agenda included some main points: evaluation, H2020 ethics policy, pilot projects and publications.

The conference was inaugurated by a “Roundtable on P/CVE evaluation” held at the General Federal Ministry of Justice, where four experts in evaluting interventions shared their experiences with the consortium. Maximillian Ruf, researcher at the Violence Prevention Network, introduced the pillars of evaluation (utility, feasibility, fairness and accuracy) and gave tips on how to make a project successful. Milena Uhlmann, now officer at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, talked about her experience in evaluation at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, pointing out some priorities when talking about P/CVE evaluation: “adopt a participative approach, get the definitions before starting, identify standards”.

Followed, Gӧtz Nordbruch from the NGO Ufuq shared his tips and challenges of evaluation in the field of primary prevention projects, mainly focused on education of youngsters. Finally, the head of the EEE project on the evaluation of prevention interventions toward Islamist extremism, Simone Ullrich, closed the roundtable presenting a 48-indicator-tool developed and tested within the EEE project, now available.

On the 2nd of July, took place the Steering Committee. Nearly all partners participated (14 over 16 project partners), discussing three major points: Pilot projects, project’s ethics policy and communication material.

New priorities were also defined. Firstly, the consortium discussed practical measures to adopt a gender approach in pilots, underling once again the importance of gender for MINDb4ACT. Secondly, policy and scientific publications were identified as the 2020 priority, while trainings together with the implementation and evaluation of pilot projects will be the focus of 2019.