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Q2022 - Understanding the territory through data, data journalism and civic engagement: the ASOC project from Italy to Europe

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This presentation was used during the European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2022) in order to illustrate the Italian Open government Strategy on cohesion policy that is relying on the OpenCoesione initiative coordinated by the Evaluation unit of the Department for Cohesion Policies of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers since 2011. Starting from the 2013 the OpenCoesione initiative is supported by "At the School of OpenCohesion (ASOC)" - an educational programme aimed at promoting and developing the innovative principles of active citizenship in secondary schools through the civic monitoring of projects financed by cohesion funds. Within the scope of the activities devoted to the development of statistical literacy the Italian national statistical Institute - ISTAT signed in 2018 (and renewed in 2020 ) an agreement for collaborating in the ASOC project and promoting the statistical culture also amon the teachers involved in ASOC by the means of specific and dedicated course named Statistical Culture+.

This presentation was used during the European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2022) in order to illustrate the Italian Open government Strategy on cohesion policy that is relying on the OpenCoesione initiative coordinated by the Evaluation unit of the Department for Cohesion Policies of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers since 2011. Starting from the 2013 the OpenCoesione initiative is supported by "At the School of OpenCohesion (ASOC)" - an educational programme aimed at promoting and developing the innovative principles of active citizenship in secondary schools through the civic monitoring of projects financed by cohesion funds. Within the scope of the activities devoted to the development of statistical literacy the Italian national statistical Institute - ISTAT signed in 2018 (and renewed in 2020 ) an agreement for collaborating in the ASOC project and promoting the statistical culture also amon the teachers involved in ASOC by the means of specific and dedicated course named Statistical Culture+.

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Q2022 - Understanding the territory through data, data journalism and civic engagement: the ASOC project from Italy to Europe

  1. 1. Understanding the territory through data, data journalism and civic engagement: the ASOC project from Italy to Europe June, 9 2022 Session 30 Paving the way to statistical literacy Patrizia Collesi - Italian National Institute of Statistics Simona De Luca - Evaluation and Analysis Unit, Dept. for Cohesion Policies - Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  2. 2. OpenCoesione: the Italian open government strategy on cohesion policy The OpenCoesione initiative is coordinated by the Evaluation unit of the Department for Cohesion Policies of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
  3. 3. OpenCoesione: main goals and benefits of an initiative based on open data A more efficient, effective and transparent use of resources and destination of funds consistent with people’s needs Improve decision making and policy design at different governative levels, also by increasing access to and quality of information Broadening the opportunities for analyses and evaluations on relevant policy issues Increasing involvement of stakeholders and civic partners in knowing how the public money is spent and pushing for results www.opencoesione.gov.it/en
  4. 4. At the School of OpenCohesion OPEN DATA, DATA JOURNALISM AND CIVIC MONITORING ON COHESION POLICY FOR EUROPEAN STUDENTS “At the School of OpenCohesion” (“A Scuola di OpenCoesione” in Italian) is carried out by the Department for Cohesion Policies in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education and with the Representation in Italy by the European Commission
  5. 5. At the School of OpenCohesion: raising a new generation of awareness At the School of OpenCohesionl (ASOC) is an innovative interdisciplinary educational project aimed at high school students. By working on a storytelling research based on cohesion projects, they experience how cohesion policy affects their territories ASOC engage High School students and teachers in civic monitoring researches to discover how public money is spent. The project promotes the principles of aware citizenship, encourages responsible use of ICT, including open data, and social media, fosters civic monitoring of public funding, also aiming to implement and transfer innovative practices at European level, strengthen the educational sector, build a community of active and aware citizens, improve civic engagement, promote the acquisition of statistical and digital skills and key competences among the students.
  6. 6. The structure of the ASOC course programme: 4 lessons Each class develops a single civic monitoring project, which will comprise freely-selected creative content that summarises the research carried out concisely (video, infographics, dedicated website) to be produced at the end of Lesson 4 (final lesson), using the materials collected during the entire programme, with the aim of representing the results of the research carried out effectively and thoroughly, according to a clearly-defined narrative and with the support of selected, analyzed and appropriately represented statistical data www.ascuoladiopencoesione.it
  7. 7. The Italian ASOC project: overall numbers From the first pilot in Italy (2013) the project reached overall more than 30,000 students and 3,000 teachers with 800 monitored projects freely selected and approx. 800 territorial networks
  8. 8. European Member States participating in the ASOC EU project
  9. 9. ASOC EU 2019-2021: overall numbers
  10. 10. The ASOC partnerships The ASOC project is based on partnerships to guarantee professional support to the teams of students in order to elaborate their civic monitoring researches. In the Italian experience the ASOC network includes: ✔ Europe Direct/EDC [European Documentation Centre] Information Centres; ✔ Local NGOs active in Cohesion Policy issues; ✔ Local branches of National statistical institute, to promote the dissemination of statistical culture with the aim of strengthening the role of statistical analysis in the elaboration of the civic monitoring researches.
  11. 11. The activities of the ASOC partners ✔ Remote learning with the ASOC coordination team via participation in dedicated webinars ✔ Project mentoring and tutoring ✔ Support for coordination between school and external entities ✔ Support for communication of activities and for the organisation of events
  12. 12. Istat collaboration with the Italian ASOC educational programme Within the scope of the activities devoted to the development of statistical literacy the Italian national statistical Institute - Istat signed in 2018 (and renewed in 2020 ) an agreement for collaborating in the ASOC project. The specific contribution Istat was intended to give regards a first approach with statistical literacy: training and support on official statistical data at two levels: ✔ a practical support ✔ training modules
  13. 13. The phases of Istat collaboration within the Italian ASOC project Statisticians support teachers and students in finding statistical data and understanding their value. Istat territorial experts: ✔ provide data upon request or guide teachers and teams of students to find them in the official websites ✔ guide to download and customize statistical tables from the corporate website ✔ help to build simple statistical indicators and how to interpret them ✔ prepare lessons explaining Istat website, and its thematic sections as well as other official websites.
  14. 14. The “Statistical literacy+” course for ASOC teachers Learning modules for teachers who have received basic training on the programme. Each module is formed by lessons to go in-depth with statistical themes explained in plain language : ✔ How to plan and conduct an official statistical survey ✔ The Italian national statistical system ✔ The sources of official statistics ✔ Infographics and visualizations: How to communicate and visualise images with statistical data ✔ Environmental data ✔ Territorial statistics ✔ Find and narrate data. New forms of communication to tell data in a coherent framework ✔ Communicate official statistical data with social media ✔ Plan events with official data
  15. 15. Patrizia Collesi - pcollesi@istat.it Simona De Luca - sim.deluca@governo.it Thank you!

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