Project CHAMPIONs’ central action is to establish permanent offline working groups – ‘CHAMPIONs Roundtables’ – bringing together first-line practitioners (FLPs) of different disciplines, professions, institutions and agencies, to jointly develop effective detection and response solutions to counter polarization, build resilience, and protect vulnerable groups in their local communities. The project will be implemented in four pilot countries: Romania, Hungary, Poland, and Germany.

The offline approach is complemented and supported by a centrally developed platform tool and service package. This online platform will combine three central instruments:

  1. Alert – a collation of tools and services developed under other EU-funded projects that enable FLPs to bring attention to key focal issues to address in their community;
  2. Arena – a communication and cooperation mechanism that enables instantaneous information exchange either privately, between collaborating FLPs, and publicly through sharing good practice and highlighting strengths and weaknesses of certain actions; and,
  3. Training Yard – a capacity-building resource center which FLPs can engage with either individually or as a group, complete with learning materials, video-tutorials, good practice guidelines and handbooks and case study simulation exercises developed through the project action.

The long-term aim of the project is to transfer this pilot model to communities across the EU where other FLP Roundtables are established and become users of the developed platform. To achieve this, synergies with related EU-funded projects, platforms and networks will be harnessed throughout the project and after its implementation period.