European Network of Community Reporters

The Institute of Community Reporters (ICR) established the European Network of Community Reporters (ENCR) in 2013. The network’s aim is to develop a European-wide body of Community Reporters that capture  stories from within their local communities that can provide valuable and insightful accounts of people’s lived experiences. These stories can add rich, qualitative data to projects, providing research teams with the opportunity to use these insights to identify key trends, inform their findings and conclusions, and positively impact on policy and local agendas. The stories captured by our Community Reporters, whether it is in video or audio form, also provide powerful ways of making policy recommendations and illustrating key policy messages.

Our team of multilingual trainers can deliver our accredited training programmes across Europe, creating new hubs of Community Reporters across a wide-range of geographies. Post-training, Community Reporters can join the ENCR and will be able to post on our various multilingual communityreporter.net websites, continuing to capture snapshots of lived experience from their communities.

The ENCR currently has NGO's, Universities and Municipalities from across Europe as members. Membership of the network is free to social licensees. Support Membership is also available and if you are interested in joining then please contact us.

Current ENCR Projects

Horizon 2020 Projects

The INNOSI project will explore the potential of Social Investment in social welfare policy, mapping innovative ways to implement and finance social welfare that promise lasting benefits for society. Through evidence-based research, InnoSI will present a case to policy-makers at local, national and international level for Social Investment in social welfare. InnoSI involves ten university research teams who are producing case studies on 20 different social investment projects across Europe and 10 Impact Partners that act as knowledge brokers to take the project’s research findings and translate them into policy-relevant material to engage policy-makers. As part of InnoSI, the ENCR will train 100 Community Reporters across 10 different countries to gather user experience of social investment projects, which will then be used to support the research being undertaken and illustrate policy messages and recommendations.

Our Partners are: People's Voice Media, The Manchester Metropolitan University, UK,Stichting Hogeschool Utrecht, Netherlands,Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu, Finland,Universitat Politecnica De Valencia, Spain,Debreceni Egyetem, Hungary,Karlstads Universitet, Sweden,Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Poland,Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany, Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita Di Bologna, Italy,Panteio Panepistimio Koinonikon Kaipolitikon Epistimon, Greece,People’s Voice Media, UK,Locality, UK,Associazione Italiana Per La Promozione Della Cultura Della Cooperazione E Del Nonprofit (AICCON), Italy,Forum - Idéburna Organisationer Med Social Inriktning, Sweden,Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain,Institouto Ergasias, Greece,Fundacja Instytut Spraw Publicznych, Poland

 Erasmus Programmes 

Our Voices Create Impact Through Mobalisation of Data  

People's Voice Media is the lead partner in this Erasmus+ project. “Our Voices” aims to provide a managed channel through which people’s stories can provide a unique insight for policy and decision-makers to impact positively on policy, service design, and agendas for social change.

We will develop:

  1. Inter-national strategic partnerships across Europe to sustain and maintain strong in-country networks for communities and individuals
  2. A sustainable, pan-European community of curators working together to catalogue and mobilise data in a meaningful way to pinpoint local, regional, national and international trends and issues though the creation of a curator curriculum
  3. Connections with key decision and policy makers in-country and internationally to ensure that community voices are heard and responded to
  4. A long-term and increasing resource-bank of collated and curated material
Partners include: People's Voice Media UK,  Fundación INTRAS Spain, Comparative Research Network Germany, COSV Italy, Change Maker Sweden and Częstochowskie Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju Małej Przedsiębiorczości CSRMP Poland 

Digital Natives Project:The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "We are all digital natives” advocates a new way of thinking about education and lifelong learning within our digital world. In Europe, learners need to know how to act and live in a digital society - younger users need to achieve digital responsibility, whilst older learners and workers need to be introduced to the skills needed to proficiently navigate digital work and social spaces. Teachers, trainers, and learning facilitators across a range of education sectors – both informal and formal – also face the challenge of being a “digital native” and in supporting those who they teach to have these skills, knowled.ge and understandings as well. This project  defined published and promoted good practice examples of digital methods being used in a range of educational settings across Europe. See the E-book of all the case studies.

Our Partners are: Comparative Research Network Germany, COSV Italy,Inicio CFR Vigo Spain, Crossing Borders Denmark, and The Red Cross Iceland, People's Voice Media .

Youth 4 youth Project This Erasmus+ strategic partnership KA2 project aims to reduce early school leaving on secondary and upper primary school level by using a mixed-method approach that combines Peer Learning strategies, Community Reporting practices and Forum Theatre models.

Our Partners are: People's Voice Media,  Artemisszio Foundation Hungary, Consorzio ABN Italy, La Xixa Teatre Spain and Elan Interculturel France. 

Pals Web TV (Youth empowerment trough Community Reporting and Peers Learning)

Intras our Spanish Social Licensee is running the Pals Web TV (Youth empowerment through Community Reporting and Peers Learning) supported by Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Youth project.

In the case of Nepal, Indonesia, Guatemala, Macedonia and Spain disadvantaged young people are less likely to be offered opportunities to build up key competences which our important for employment. Fundación Intras role in the project is to transfer to the partner countries, the knowledge, skills and tools to train Community Reporters, and to support these Community Reporters to train their peers.

Our Partners are: Fundación INTRAS (Spain), Coordinator, Association for citizen’s tolerance and cooperation ACTAC (Macedonia), Campaign to Change Nepal (Nepal), Dejavato Foundation (Indonesia) , SODEJU Fundaju (Guatemala)

GrowSmarter: transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe

Cologne municipality one of our social licensees in Germany is leading on this project along with Stockholm and Barcelona. The project is exploring how within the rapidly urbanizing world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. The EU-project GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication.

To achieve all the goals citizen engagement is key. The project will invite citizens living in the project areas to become Community Reporters and tell their stories about the issue they face. These stories will inform the Grow Smarter project findings. Community Reporters will be supported through the establishment of local Community Reporter  groups in each project area.  Further information about the project: can be found at  www.grow-smarter.eu

Partners include:  Cologne Municipality, Stockholm Municipality and Barcelona Municipality