Genç Vatandaşlar ile Demokrasi Buluşmaları
Start date: Jan 1, 2015,
End date: Jul 1, 2015
Main objective of this project was to come together with the young citizens from different provinces of Turkey and decision makers who have studies about democracy. After a 3-days workshop (10-11-12 April 2015) a democracy evaluation report is created.
Participants were invited from each city of Turkey covering young citizens who are interested in democracy. So, besides measuring recent developments in Turkey?s democracy, regional differences were highlighted as well. Thus a relationship between participants was established and a cultural sharing platform was created. Also participants got knowledge how to evaluate democracy of a country where they live.
During workshop, firstly decision makers shared their experience about 7 democratic evaluation topics, which are determined based on the Methodology of IDEA, which is an international research organisation. After these sessions, small teams studied their specific sub-topic about 2 hours and they shared their findings (i.e Turkey?s development in recent year, comparison with other countries, the ongoing projects and studies, etc.) with short presentations. During these preparations, the participants used the OECD, Worldbank, Eurostat data sources in order to prepare assessment reports and they learnt how to reach data about these kinds of studies. Before workshops, we arranged 3 hours training about accessing data from these sources.
These 7 sessions which decision-makers shared their knowledge and experience with young people are:
o Access to Basic Civil Rights
o The Rule of Law and Access to Justice
o Evaluation of Civil and Political Rights
o Evaluation of Economic and Social Rights
o Role of Media in Democratic Society
o Role of Local Governments, Civil Society, Public Opinion
o International Democratic Relations
Since our association is very active in social media, actively followed on www.demokrasidenetcileri.org site, and it has 17.000 followers on ?@denetciler? twitter address, it was quite easy to announce project and outcomes. Presentations were uploaded daily to the website, announced via twitter, and all material are available for target groups and third parties. These materials are sample for each who is planning to study on similar contents. In this context, we are planning to develop more comprehensive projects on democratic evaluation with the existing partnerships that we have developed for the upcoming project from the past, and that will be established during the project stage.
With completing the evaluation report, young citizens learnt how to follow democratic progresses in a comparative and scientific way. So that we expect more projects about democracy by these youth platforms.
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