The YUPAD project is now officially halfway through implementation, and with the interim report submitted, the time has come to check in with the main results achieved so far.
During the last days of May 2022, the consortia successfully implemented the YUPAD Fair of Good Practices, in which the partners and stakeholders from Europe had a chance to see and interact with the best practices of Youth Participatory Budgeting in Europe. The best practices from the partnership were drawn from the YUPAD recipes, a research publication in which the partners outline the best cases. Following up the event, the partners released the good practices as the YUPAD cookbook, a set of videos in which the participatory budgeting best practices are explained. All of the videos are now available on the YUPAD YouTube Channel (hyperlink to https://www.youtube.com/@yupad-lt4bx).
At the same time, the partners worked on the other outputs of the project: the YUPAD Curricula for Educators and Policymakers, The YUPAD Bees Methodology (for Young People) and the YUPAD Calculator, a big data survey which enables Young people to practice and implement participatory budget from idea generation to execution. The outputs are available on the YUPAD Website (hyperlink to https://yupadproject.net/). At the same time, the partners have developed the YUPAD platform for big data (hyperlink to https://yupad.net/). The platform, with the integrated YUPAD calculator, is now in the process of testing with the Young People by partners from Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia and Serbia).
So what next? As of now, the YUPAD Consortia is now in the Capacity Building Stage, which will be marked by training in the 6 implementing countries for Young People, Educators and Local Authorities, and the final training for the Union of the Baltic Cities policymaking representatives. At the same time, the sustainability partners from Poland and Belgium are in the process of communication and dissemination activities, as well as sustainability work, which encompasses campaigning, advocacy plans, development of the YUPAD Brief and the initiation of the YUPAD Community of Practice. Stay tuned for our announcements of events in which you could get involved!
OTB is on the lead and implementing the project with 9 partners: Union of the Baltic Cities (Poland), CESIE (Italy), CSI (Cyprus), SÜDWIND (Austria), RD IKSD (Latvia), OPENS (Serbia), IED (Greece), XWHY and VYTAUTAS MAGNUS University (Lithuania).
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and will last a total of 24 months.