Young Cities conducts analysis to improve community understanding of youth issues.
We launch surveys, organise roundtables and utilise tools for analysis of social media to ensure that our programming is always evidence-driven. We prioritise sharing this research with young people. We publish our reports and those of our partner projects, and they are all available on this page.
Our research draws upon the lessons from our sister projects, YouthCAN and the Strong Cities Network, as well as our parent organisation, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Our programme is pragmatic, evidence-driven, relevant and impactful because of the quality of research our teams deliver.
Community Resilience Study: Kumanovo (Strong Cities Network)
As part of Strong Cities Network’s regional engagement North Macedonia, it conducted a representative survey of the population to better understand local dynamics of resilience. This data not only serves as a baseline of community resilience against which the impact of preventative measures in the municipality can be evaluated, but provides a replicable methodology that can be deployed in other cities in North Macedonia and internationally.
The Many States of Activism: The Global YouthCAN Activism Survey (YouthCAN)
Our partner project, YouthCAN, conducted a survey involving 728 young activists globally to find out which barriers and opportunities had been most significant to their activism journey, as well as which skills they valued most. To complement the findings, they conducted 12 in-depth interviews with young activists from different contexts around the world. It presents actionable recommendations for individuals, NGOs and government institutions whose staff are working to deploy counter extremism programming by and for young people.
Developing and Implementing Local Action Plans for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (Strong Cities Network)
This toolkit has been designed by the Strong Cities Network as a resource for local governments and civil society organisations in East Africa who are interested in developing a local action plan (LAP). LAPs seek to build a multisectoral approach to strengthening community resilience and addressing the root causes of violent extremism, polarisation and hate. For the purposes of this toolkit, the term ‘cities’ refers to all sub-national local government structures such as counties, states, provinces or municipalities.
Responding to a Terror Attack (Strong Cities Network)
This Strong Cities Network toolkit offers mayors, their cabinets and city officials a framework to develop and deliver activities in the wake of terror attacks in ways that complement, rather than duplicate, national government action. The toolkit draws on a series of interviews with city members from across the 140+ SCN membership, desk-based research and the expertise of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) in addressing hate, polarisation and extremism at the local level.
No Platform for Old Men: Barriers to Online Youth Civic Engagement and P/CVE in Europe (YouthCAN)
Through the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN), our teams have been working with young people who consider themselves civically engaged and interested in preventing and countering violent extremism in their communities. This report makes recommendations for overcoming the barriers to online youth civic engagement, based on our work resourcing and supporting young activists from 14 countries across Western and Eastern Europe.
MENA Monitor: Arabic COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Online (Institute for Strategic Dialogue)
This report is part of an ongoing series by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue examining COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on Facebook in countries and regions across the world. This edition, focusing on Arabic-language communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) throughout January and February 2021, represents a landmark report in the series. By tracing a handful of anti-vaccination pages on Facebook, researchers found an elaborate network of non-existent think tanks, vaccination watchdogs, and anti-semitic, conspiracy-laden YouTube channels with hundreds of thousands of followers. This report builds on previous reports examining COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, which you can find on the Digital Dispatches section of the ISD website.
The Impact of Counter-Narratives (Institute for Strategic Dialogue)
ISD’s Impact of Counter Narratives report presents the development, deployment, and evaluation of three counter- narrative campaigns orchestrated by the Against Violent Extremism network and Jigsaw (an incubator within Alphabet that uses technology to address geopolitical issues) with additional in-kind and financial support from Facebook and Twitter. The report provides fresh evidence that social media campaigns can help spark de-radicalisation.
The Counter Narrative Handbook (Institute for Strategic Dialogue)
This Handbook, developed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and funded by Public Safety Canada through the Kanishka Project, was created to help anyone looking to proactively respond to extremist propaganda with counter-narrative campaigns, and is intended as a beginner’s guide for those with little or no previous experience of counter-narrative campaigning. It takes readers through the main stages of creating, launching and evaluating an effective counter-narrative campaign. It can also be used alongside ISD’s freely available online Counter-narrative Toolkit, which can be found at www.counternarratives.org.