Gap Analysis in book-format

Access to Participants and Community Organisations

Most of the projects were managed by coordinating organisations with existing connections, links and networks to community organisations of migrants; these connections were often based on prior collaboration and were reported to be stable and reliable.

In most of the cases community organisations were used for the transmission of information to the target groups and for the acquisition of participants. The importance of migrant community organisations lay in their ability to enhance credibility to the project. This fact became evident when information services were published in such an environment or via such communication channels.

In a lot of cases the project organisations were collaborating with official authorities that were in charge of dealing with legal, administrative or educational issues of immigrants. In these cases the access to the target group was obviously channelled through these official contacts and participants were directly recruited through these contacts. In most of the projects The coordinators of most of the projects
mention that word to mouth advertising among the members of the target group is an important channel to
publish the project activities and possible participation opportunities. Community organisations were linked to the project to establish and demonstrate trustful settings to the people.

One project (DE1) expresses that the community organisations were not only used as mainstreaming
channels of accessing people but as partners and advisers. In another German project (DE3) the strategic trap is describedin which community organisations, which usually work on a voluntary basis, find themselves, because the collaboration of voluntary organisations with professional project coordinators is hard to put into practice due to their different characteristics and logics. Additionally, within projects that are not dedicated to groups with specific ethnic, national or cultural origins, there occurs the problem of selecting partners out of the variety of existing organisations. This problem of selecting single migrant community organisations conceptually cannot be solved successfully as usually there does not exist a formal legitimacy and any selection of the community organisations remains coincidental and finally may exclude others.