Democracy in a globalized media society requires citizens with a sound understanding of political actors and institutions. The NCCR Democracy therefore places special emphasis on knowledge transfer into society through transformation of its research findings into concrete activities for specific target groups.
List of completed knowledge transfer projects:
The “civic education” project develops teaching tools for civic education at the secondary level in Switzerland, using the know-how and results from NCCR research projects.
The “narrative space” project provides a platform for journalists and NCCR researchers to discuss and disseminate research results.
The project "judging candidates in e-democracy: implications of smartvote, profile and ratings from a legal perspective" analyzed the constitutional problems and opportunities that candidate evaluation raises in e-democracies, and the risks and potential involved.
The project “democratic processes and political behaviour” created an e-learning course on the Swiss political system in order to support courses in political science at Swiss universities.
The project "media and democracy monitor" developed an instrument to monitor mass media performance in modern democracies in order to assess how the media contribute to the functioning of democracy and where they fail to meet expectations.
Within the NCCR Democracy, the association DemocracyNet.eu was born. It was founded in 2012 by several young female NCCR researchers. DemocracyNet.eu regularly organizes scientific and public events in order to discuss democracy research findings with practitioners and to make the findings available to a broader public.