In order to achieve a better understanding of the organisations we are working with, we administered an online survey for which we have received responses from 30 organisations. The questionnaire was designed to identify the current methodologies and practices of hate crime monitoring training provided by local, regional, national and umbrella organisations committed to giving greater visibility to the daily issue of hate crime.
The questionnaire was composed of 16 questions, divided into 4 sections. The first section addressed general questions about the organisation while the other sections sought to collect information about the provision of hate crime training, the methodology and target audience of any such training, challenges faced when conducting training, the evaluation of current training and plans for the future. This survey has been helpful to obtain a better understanding of the work and training programmes that these organizations offer. This information was especially important in order to build the programme of the Facing Facts! Networking meeting which mainly focused on training implementation strategies.
The analysis of the data collected by the survey shows that the vast majority of respondents are advocacy organisations that work at national level. Only half of the respondents (56%) effectively provide hate crime monitoring training. The 84% of those who declared to not have the capacities yet to offer training has expressed the will to start delivering training programmes. The 35% of the organisations who deliver training organise specific training courses on hate crime monitoring.
Concerning the training methodology, the vast majority of respondents use a combination of lecture based and interactive approaches. 30% of the respondents affirmed that their main target for their training activities is other CSOs, 16% said governments officials and only the 15% law enforcement. As predictable, 61% of the respondents declared that mainly finance issues impede the training programmes’ delivery while the 43% identified as main external challenge the lack of commitment of local authorities. Almost 74% of the respondents have a consolidated procedure such as questionnaires, evaluation forms etc. to evaluate the short-term impact of the trainings.
Unfortunately only 14% carry on structured/semi-structured or formal/informal post-workshop interviews with participants to measure the long-term impact of the trainings.