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The Daphne Toolkit – An active resource from the Daphne Programme

The Daphne Toolkit is both an archive of projects supported by the European Commission's Daphne Programme to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk and an active resource for those planning new projects in this field. The Toolkit has three main objectives:

  • As a comprehensive dissemination tool, making the results and impacts of the Daphne Programme available on-line;
  • As a networking and planning tool for organisations working with violence-related issues, by providing contact details of other organisations, ideas and lessons, and information about actions already undertaken in this field; and
  • As a comprehensive and living web resource that is complementary to the Daphne website of DG Justice, Freedom and Security (JLS), which focuses on funding possibilities under the programme, administrative and technical information and instructions regarding the programme, its calls for proposals, financing rules etc.

In the Daphne Toolkit, you will find presentations of some 460 projects financed under the Daphne Programme between 1997 and 2006, with descriptions of their objectives, actions, results and the lessons learned from them, with related links and resources. You will also find publications, reports and presentations produced by the Daphne Programme management team at the Commission, and some practical advice on what to think about when you design and manage a project.

In the section ‘Search Daphne projects’, you can search for past Daphne projects either by keywords, by country or by words. Through such a search, you will not only get an overview of the projects and the organisations involved in their implementation, but also learn lessons and get ideas from a knowledge-based review of the possible areas and practices that can be useful when designing new projects. The project pages also give you access to reports, materials, campaigns, leaflets, studies and other materials that were produced by these projects.

If you are thinking of preparing a new project, one challenge is often to find suitable partners in other countries (a Daphne project has to be transnational). By searching for projects that have dealt with topics that interest you, you may find potential partners by getting the names and contact details of the organisations and entities that were involved in such projects.

The section 'Daphne Information' provides interesting reading about the Daphne Programme itself. Publications and reports posted here tell you the history of Daphne and its context, and provide information about areas of violence that have been covered by Daphne projects. This section also presents the annual conferences organised by the programme since 2005 to start up newly selected projects, and the reports from these conferences contain useful practical information about project management. Finally, the Daphne logo is presented, including graphic specifications for its use.

In the ‘Tips and Tools’ section, you will find advice on how to launch and design a new Daphne project and information on two particularly important areas of project implementation: managing risk and disseminating results. You will also find links to other interesting websites which may be useful in your work.

Finally, in the ‘Multimedia’ section there is an archive of video campaigns from different projects.

The Daphne Toolkit website was created in 2004 by the Belgian NGO City and Shelter under two projects financed by the Daphne II Programme. The Commission is grateful for the hard work of the City and Shelter team and its partners in making the Daphne Toolkit an indispensable resource base for the Daphne Programme. Given the success of the Toolkit and the need to ensure its continuity under the Commission’s ownership and responsibility, the Commission has now included the website in EUROPA.

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