On March 21 and 22, 2019, the Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence partnered with the UNESCO Chair on Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism to host a 2-day workshop for the development of evidence based best practice guidelines on prevention and intervention, online and offline, in matters of violent radicalization.
OTTAWA, Apr. 11, 2019, 17:00 EST/ The Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV; https://cpnprev.ca/) and the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV), in collaboration with Project SOMEONE, the team for Research and Action on Social Polarizations (RASP), the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV), the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRCC), the Canadian Network for research of Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) and the Canada Center for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Center) of Public Safety Canada hosted a 2 days workshop on evidence based best practice guidelines development in matters of PVE/CVE online and offline.
The invited experts comprised academics, researchers, practitioners from all sectors (education, law enforcement, youth engagement, policy, government, health and social services, community leaders, etc.) from the International Consensus Guidelines Committee (ICGC; https://cpnprev.ca/international-consensus-guidelines-committee/ and the Canadian Consensus Guidelines Committee (CCGC; https://cpnprev.ca/canadian-consensus-guidelines-committee/) for the prevention of radicalization and extremist violence.
During this workshop, experts worked in groups to discuss the main conclusions of three systematic review reports conducted by CPN-PREV, comment on recommendations for practice, inform where research is lacking and plan a policy and research approach to address these gaps. They were also invited to share their expertise on ways to mitigate the negative impacts of exposure to violent extremist content on the Internet/social media and discuss prevention (primary, secondary) and intervention (tertiary) practices in the field.
“We cannot overlook the importance of the interconnection between the local and international contexts in this field. [This interconnection] requires focusing on the exchanges and collaboration, particularly between countries of the North and the South. These working days have allowed us, for example, to benefit from African experience in this field, which was rich in lessons learned.” – David Morin, UNESCO-PREV chair
This workshop is the starting point of a sustained DELPHI process led by CPN-PREV and which will take place throughout the next year in order to finalize and implement a series of evidence-based best practice guidelines in matters of online, and offline prevention and intervention in situations of violent radicalization.
“The prevention of violent radicalization is facing important challenges due to the lack of strong and integrated empirical evidence as well as the stark disconnect between the research, policy and media spheres and the numerous existing prevention and intervention practices worldwide. This divide is even deeper when it comes to connecting “North” and “South” researchers and practitioners around existing programs and practices. We hope that we will help bridge these divides and gaps through the sustained efforts of all members of the CCGC and ICCG in developing evidence based best practice guidelines that are meaningful and applicable to specific contexts” – Ghayda Hassan, director and founder of CPN-PREV, UNESCO-PREV co-chair
The guidelines will be accessible during the spring/summer of 2020.
About the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence
The Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) is a pan Canadian organization based at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Montreal, Quebec. The CPN-PREV supports coordinated collaboration, capacity building and knowledge transfer among key sectors and stakeholders through a nationwide multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach in preventing radicalization and extremist violence. Our goal is to bring forward Canadian leadership and develop excellence in countering violent radicalization by supporting best practices and collaborations among intervention teams, through sustained knowledge mobilization between the research, practice, policy and community sectors.
About the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism
The UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV) was created in the fall of 2017. The main mission of the UNESCO-PREV Chair is to act as a centre of excellence in order to develop, share and promote research and actions in the context of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of violent radicalization and extremism. It will ensure close cooperation among researchers and communities of practice in a comparative, multidisciplinary and north-south perspective.
Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence
Marie-Eve Gosselin, Knowledge Mobilization and Public Relations Coordinator
UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism
Pablo Madriaza, General coordinator