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The CoCreAid Kit 4.0!

European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are increasingly engaged in society and therefore play a growing role in regional and social development. As a result of the increasing international cooperation, successful collaboration in the digital spere is becoming more and more critical. However, to date, collaboration between HEI and NGOs in the digital sphere has been somewhat neglected, leading to a lack of insight.

The CoCreAid Kit 4.0 focuses on overcoming barriers to cooperation arising when HEIs and NGOs co-create digitally. The aim is to increase social impact in participating European countries and beyond. Furthermore, digital competencies will be strengthened among the project partners through practical application.

This website guides you through the wide variety of digital platforms and co-creation methods. Additionally, you will find best practices for successful digital co-creation.

Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much
Helen Keller
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European HEIs are increasingly engaged in society and therefore play a growing role in regional and social development.

Nowadays, co-creation increasingly takes place in digital environments, as the physical distance between the actors in a global collaboration does not always allow for a face-to-face meeting. However, to date, collaboration between HEI and NGOs in the digital sphere has been somewhat neglected, leading to a lack of insight.

To close this prevalent knowledge gap, qualitative interviews with 45 digital co-creation experts from HEIs and 35 experts from NGOs were conducted. It has been shown that here is a great variety of digital platforms available, and the problem is rather the lack of knowledge on how to use this variety efficiently. Users often are unaware of the variety of functions they could work with. In addition, they lack time to study new platforms and methods in depth, resulting in them using the same platforms repeatedly, which may not provide them with an optimal solution.

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Project Activities

Milestone 1

Report on digital solutions for co-creation

The report examines the current success factors, barriers, and requirements to digital co-creation between HEIs and NGOs. By means of desk research, digital platforms and methods were identified and checked for their suitability for digital co-creation. To get a deeper understanding of the needs and requirements of involved actors towards graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and digital methodologies in co-creation projects, 80 semi-structured qualitative interviews with experts in digital co-creation from HEIs and NGOs were conducted. The report will provide a solid basis for the development of the GUI (Milestone 2).

Milestone 2

GUI: CoCreAid Kit 4.0

The insights gained in Milestone 1 are later consolidated into a GUI that serves as an all-in-one user platform for digital co-creation by integrating a knowledge base, existing platforms, and methods. It will guide users to the individual co-creation methods depending on their needs and their project progress.

The CoCreAid Kit 4.0 will increase the successfully collaboration of academics and NGOs in digital co-creation projects.

Milestone 3

Pilot Test and Validation report

Milestone 3 is concerned with pilot testing the digital CoCreAid Kit 4.0. 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 GUI has the highest standard.

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