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 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.

ENCR Projects

Horizon 2020 Projects 

Co creation of Service Innovation in Europe

In CoSIE, we wish to inspire the beginning of a new era in the co-creation of public services. The project (1 Dec 2017–30 Nov 2020) will be implemented as a joint venture of 24 partners from ten EU countries. During the implementation of CoSIE, the collaborative partners will test and develop the diverse methods of co-creation in the field of public services.

Sustainable, strategic change can be achieved by:
• improving the innovation potential and co-creation competences of service providers
• developing evidence-based, bottom-up approach
• combining user insight and open data
• adopting new applied co-creation methods and ICT solutions
• utilizing diverse channels for the involvement of the citizens
• identifying and stimulating new business opportunities
• enhancing collaboration and new roles between citizens and the public,private and third sector actors.

People's Voice Media will be using its Community Reporter approach and leading work package 4 to enable user voice to be heard as part of the co-production process.

The consortium consists of Estonia: HelpificTallinn University, ​Vorumaa Local Governments AssociationFinland: ​Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, ​Turku University of Applied SciencesGreece: Panteion University of Social and Political SciencesHungary:​University of Debrecheni , ​ESÉLY (Chance) Social Public Foundation of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok CountyItaly: ​University of Bologna , ​Local Health Authority in the Province of Reggio Emilia , ​CUP 2000 Ltd. The Netherlands: ​Houten municipality, ​Nieuwegein municipality, ​University of Applied Sciences UtrechtPoland : ​Active Senior FoundationUniversity of WroclawSpain: Foundation for Employment in the City of Valencia, ​Polytechnic University of ValenciaSweden: Jönköping municipality, ​Karlstad UniversityThe United Kingdom: Interserve Investments Limited ,​Manchester Metropolitan University, ​People’s Voice Media LBG, ​University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Europeon Cohort Development Project 

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is a Design Study which will create the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being. The infrastructure developed by ECDP will subsequently coordinate the first Europe wide cohort survey, which we name EuroCohort. The project is funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 and is led by PERU under the leadership of Professor Gary Pollock. It builds on a previous project run by PERU, the Measuring Youth Wellbeing (MYWEB) project funded by the European Commission under FP7. People's Voice Media has been sub contracted by MMU to  use its Community Reporter approach to gather user perspective to inform the survey.


VOICITYS aims to improve social integration through reinforcing social dialogue and communication in European urban neighbourhoods characterised by ethnical and cultural diversity. More particularly, the project  intends to improve and make sustainable the communication and interaction between different social groups, and to deepen dialogue between policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in order to promote more efficient management of diversity. Comparing the positive and negative experiences of local citizens with those of local stakeholders, leaders and decision-makers will improve common understandings of diversity at the neighbourhood level. It will also encourage new approaches to existing policies, incentives and tools regarding social integration and sustainable diversity. The project studies four diverse European neighbourhoods: Berlin, Budapest, Salford and Sassari through three main activities: 1) collecting and curating stories of citizens through Community Reporting 2) collecting and analysing stakeholders’ views through semi-structured interviews  3) comparing the results of the two methods and elaborating a series of policy recommendations through participative workshops and consensus meetings.
Partners our People's Voice Media, Hungarian Academy of Science, Mine Vaganti NGO and the Comparative Research Network


The INNOSI project ran from 2015- 2017 and explored 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 presented a case to policy-makers at local, national and international level for Social Investment in social welfare. InnoSI involved 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 trained 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. A summary of the work People's Voice Media did can be found here

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, 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

Partners include:  Cologne Municipality, Stockholm Municipality and Barcelona Municipality