European HEIs are increasingly becoming socially engaged, increasing their role regarding regional and social development, however beyond the economic impact, social or civil responsibility is less developed and therefore must be emphasized.
The focus of the CoCreAid project is to overcome barriers in cooperation that arise when HEIs and NGOs co-create. The CoCreAid project will have a direct impact on SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT by connecting NGOs from RURAL AREAS with HEIs.
This will address SOCIAL CHALLENGES and address NEEDS OF CITZIENS FROM RURAL AREAS while providing increased INCLUSION. DIGITAL COMPETENCES will be strengthened among these cooperation partners by the practical application of the outputs!
Research conducted by MUAS have shown that due to the pandemic situation, a large number of co-creation projects fail due to a lack of appropriate methods and tools for collaborations. Therefore, a digital CoCreAid Kit could support the collaboration between HEIs and NGOs to overcome these barriers and to continue and strengthen the cooperations. Depending on the course of the project, individual co-creation methods help to overcome transfer barriers. This will be done by providing a graphical user interface (GUI) with digital co-creation tools. Co-creation tools are methods that enable the co-creation activities along the whole process of co-creation, in consideration of the characteristics and barriers of cocreation projects.
This report will be based on in-depth interviews with academics & NGOs and a systematic examination of existing literature. Through a two step analysis consisting of a systematic search in the literature and in depth interviews, crucial success factors for appropriate and digital opportunities can be solidified. The report will provide a solid basis for the development of the Graphical User Interface.
This will be comprised of an easy to use Graphical User Interface which will offer different selection options and guide users to the individual co-creation methods depending on their needs and their project progress.
The CoCreAid Kit will in-crease the readiness of academics and co-creation project managers from NGOs to use digital cocreation methods.
This result is concerned with pilot testing the digital CoCreAid Kit. Validations will be produced in the form of a report and this validation will be used for further improvement of the Kit.
This result will allow us to address user specific issues ensuring that our Graphical User Interface and Kit and of the highest standard.