WP5. Dissemination

The goal of this work package, led by the Hertie School of Governance, is to disseminate the results and the digital products of DIGIWHIST to relevant stakeholders in order to maximise the impact of the project and help assure its sustainability. This contains:

  • creating a project logo and flyer,
  • as well as a project webpage which serves as a showcase and a landing page interlinked with all the outcomes of the project;
  • organising national dissemination workshops and a final conference in Brussels, so as to promote the results internationally.

Our primary method of dissemination is digital, since the project products are digital as well, and most of our key stakeholders are extensively engaged in using digital tools and online communication channels. We identified at least five distinct stakeholder groups:

1) NGOs and wider civil society,
2) investigative and data-driven journalists,
3) businesses, especially SMEs,
4) academic researchers,
5) policy makers and employees of oversight institutions.

We recognize that during the life of the project, we cannot realize the full potential of the database and indicators ourselves; therefore we encourage key stakeholders to use the data we will have collected and the indicators we will have developed for their own projects and purposes. We have also created a specific project Twitter account through which we engage with stakeholders, with groups and individuals working or researching in public procurement. In the initial phase of the project (3-15 months), tweets are being posted with the purpose of creating interest in transparency around public procurement.

The partners of this work package have strong networks, which will be the key to the successful dissemination of our project. Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland is part of an active global network of open data activists and experts. The European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance has a global network of over 2,000 civil society groups, and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to a list of more than 1,600 subscribers, while Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Transcrime) has a well-established European network of law enforcement practitioners, customs and asset recovery officers, financial investigators, and prosecutors. The University of Cambridge will be able to provide further crucial links to businesses and governments through its extensive alumni and big data networks and considerable social media presence.