In order to draft the research which will represent the basis of the project, a methodological framework is under construction through the collaboration of all partners. This framework will allow the partners to examine online and offline violent radicalisation. The aim is for a young person to be able to identify when radicalisation and extremism occur online and offline, and differentiate between other situations.
The research phase for RADEX project started allowing the partners to formulate a set of indicators for violent radicalisation and vulnerability, to pinpoint signs that demonstrate that radicalisation is taking place (online and offline), including signals and markers that can raise a flag such as changes in the online and offline behaviour of young people
Two main data sources are used, a primary source focusing on data collection from interviews
with young people or convicted young people that have been subjects of radicalisation, their parents, security and police officials, Ministry officials. The secondary source utilises desk research to summarise already existing research and literature eon radicalisation, as well as analysing resources found in blogs, social media outlets, social networks. The collected data will provide knowledge on the online and offline signs of extremism and radicalisation.
All the partners are scouting the most relevant resources to establish a concrete base for the project. Each partner is now conducting their research separately, which will eventually be
combined into a comprehensive report including all data collected as well as providing
recommendations for the educational resources and materials that could be used in the
upcoming phase of the project.
We look forward to sharing our very first report and results on youth online and offline
radicalisation after the research phase is done in September 2021!