Practitioner Exchange Programme
The Practitioner Exchange Programme is a new deliverable for RAN, which is aimed to support and target practitioners at an individual professional level, rather than a group level.
This programme provides practitioners with the opportunity of a ‘shadowing’ and learning experience, where visiting practitioners and hosting practitioners can learn from each other alike in a smaller setting than RAN working group meetings or training seminars.
- In order to ensure an optimal exchange, exchanges will be, as a rule, limited to one-to-one settings. In justified cases, the RAN can raise the number to maximum 3 practitioners visiting another.
- Exchanges will take place primarily between practitioners of different EU Member States.
- The duration will be of maximum one working week, ideally 3-5 working days.
- The RAN will cover travel, accommodation and a daily allowance of the visiting practitioner.
The target audience for this programme are practitioners, being:
- a professional profile that has a coordinating role in the development of local prevent actions and plans (in particular the prevent coordinator of a city)
- a professional that is developing and/or carrying out specific aspects of the local response to radicalisation (such as social worker, youth worker, educator, policemen, community worker, psychologist/psychiatrist etc.).
This professional should be in charge of preventing and/or countering violent radicalisation as (one of his) main field(s) of work or (strong) field of competence. The direct contact with (potentially) radicalised people is not always necessary, e.g. if the practitioner has a coordinating role or is supervising a team of first-line-practitioners or is in charge of developing a specific response (like a communication plan for returnees, e.g.).
Possible topics for exchange
- Multi agency cooperation and models
- Exit work
- Community empowerment
- Local actions plans
- Involvement of young actors
- Development of prevention work
- Information sharing protocols
- P/CVE evaluation methods
To apply for the programme, please find the application template here. The application period will be open until 31 July. For specific questions related to the Practitioner Exchange Programme, please contact Merle Verdegaal or Pomme Woltman via email@example.com.
After the application procedure is closed, practitioners are selected and matched to suitable others. Key criteria that will be taken into account when selecting and matching them are:
- participants have to be practitioners;
- participants work in the same field, do comparable working activities and share similar responsibilities to make sure that they use the learnings in their day to day work;
- participants are based in EU Member States;
- participants are not based in the same EU Member State;
- participants agree and commit to the framework and information-sharing conditions of the programme;
- participants share a mutual language to exchange;
- participants have compatible learning priorities;
- a first come, first serve principle.
The nature of the exchanges is flexible: if a practitioner hosts an exchange visit, he/she may also go on an exchange visit him/herself. Practitioners do not have to visit others after they have hosted, but they should be willing to host others if they have visited someone themselves. This exchange can be with one of the practitioners that visited him/her, but also with another practitioner.
Once a match is proposed by the RAN, practitioners will be linked with each other to discuss the exchange, their learning objectives and to check if they consider this match will allow them to meet these objectives. After this, both practitioners need to agree on the match. If one of the practitioners or both conclude that this is not the case, a new match is proposed. A maximum of 3 matching attempts will be made per practitioner.
Concept note and programme
The participating practitioners commit to draft, with the support of the RAN, a concept note which contains the programme of the exchange and possibly an joint assignment.
Collecting experiences and lessons learned
After the exchange, RAN staff will share a written testimony template with both practitioners to follow-up on the lessons learned of the visit and their learning experience. In this testimony the practitioners will provide feedback also on a possible assignment of the exchange The testimony will be included in RAN newsletters and can be disseminated via the RAN communication channels. In addition, RAN Staff will have a post-exchange interview with the hosting and visiting practitioners.
In this interview they will be asked about their experiences and their key lessons learned.