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Title / Titel Evaluation QuAKTIV. Nature-oriented, child-and youth-friendly quarters and settlement development in the canton of Aargau
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Original title / Originaltitel Evaluation QuAKTIV. Naturnahe, kinder- und jugendgerechte Quartier- und Siedlungsentwicklung im Kanton Aargau
Summary / Zusammenfassung The program „QuAKTIV. Nature-oriented, child-and youth-friendly quarters and settlement development in the canton of Aargau“ is developed and implemented under the direction of the FHNW School of Social Work together with the cantonal agencies in the canton of Aargau. The program aims at intensifying participatory, ecological and educational goals in the implementation of child- and youth-friendly planning projects and in the design of natural experience spaces. This will be achieved through the participative implementation of concrete projects in three pilot communities in the canton of Aargau. Existing methods and instruments will be adapted to the preexisting demands and, if required, new tools will be developed, tested and evaluated in these pilot communities. The acquired experiences serve as flagship projects (good practice) and will be made available to a broad professional public.
Commissioned by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, the Department of Political Science evaluates the democratic content of alternative participatory forms used in the three pilot communities. This evaluation addresses several aspects such as inclusion, democratic quality and socialization. For this purpose, the study analyses program documents and conducts semi-structured interviews with both participants and decision-makers in the communities. In this way, the study takes into account different experiences and opinions of alternative participatory forms in order to formulate relevant recommendations for decision-makers for similar use of alternative participatory forms in other communities or cantons.
Publications / Publikationen Widmer, Thomas/Stutz, Mirjam (2016): Evaluation des Demokratiebeitrags von QuAKTIV. Zürcher Politik- & Evaluationsstudien Nr. 16.

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Keywords / Suchbegriffe participation, democracy, evaluation, Canton of Argovia, municipality, Partizipation, Demokratie, Evaluation, Kanton Aargau, Gemeinde
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Thomas Widmer (Project Leader)
Mirjam Stutz, BA
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Mercator Foundation Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Mar 2013 to Apr 2016