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nexus Academy for Participatory MethodsCompetence in Participation

nexus Academy for Participatory Methods
Competence in Participation

A Department of the nexus Institute for Cooperation Managemnet and Interdisciplinary Research

Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection


The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link:

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

3. Data collection on our website


Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies." They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device's memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in "server log files". These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.


Consultation and Conceptualization

Participation needs a sensible selection and combination of methods.

Implementation and Moderation

Participation needs professional implementation and unbiased moderation.

Supervision and Evaluation

Participation needs to be documented and evaluated.

Training and Coaching

Participation needs knowledge, practice, and support.


How to Succeed in Network and Target Group Participation

Quality standards are especially important for networks. One such example is the “Quality Framework Frühe Hilfe” from the Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen established in 2016. Dr. Birgit Böhm spoke about this issue at a workshop entitled “Developing Quality in the Frühe Hilfe Network” sponsored by the Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration - Amt für Familie und Hamburgische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gesundheitsförderung e. V. (HAG). The focus of the workshop was on the answers to questions like: How are successful quality standards developed in the Frühe Hilfe Network? How do I handle the question of quality in network coordination? How can parents be involved in developing quality of services? 


“Democracy 4.0” Article Published

On behalf of the Academy for Good Governance and Empowerment in Europe (AGREE), Dr. Birgit Böhm published an article entitled “Democracy 4.0: Citizen Participation Processes. A German case study.” The article is available in three languages on the AGREE website (English, German, and Ukrainian). Click here to download the article.


Dr. Birgit Böhm on Innovative Combinations of Processes

Dr. Birgit Böhm has published widely on the idea that innovative combinations of processes can be used to link together the advantages of various participatory processes (See her publications here She presented these ideas in a talk entitled “More Courage for Citizen Participation through Process Combination: A Plea for the Combining of Direct, Deliberative, and Parliamentary Democracy” (“Mehr Mut zur Bürgerbeteiligung durch innovative Verfahrenskombinationen. Ein Plädoyer für die Verknüpfung direkter, deliberativer und parlamentarischer Demokratie”) on 16.06.2016 in Potsdam. The Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik difu workshop was entitled “Exchanging Experiences in Participation Culture: Citizen Participation - a Way towards More or Less Direct Democracy?” (“Erfahrungsaustausch Beteiligungskultur: Bürgerbeteiligung - ein Weg zu mehr oder weniger direkter Demokratie?”). Click here to see the presentation as a pdf. Click here for more information about the workshop. 


Lecture “Developing Quality through Participation”

High quality can and should be achieved not only by expert knowledge, but also by including participatory processes. Dr. Birgit Böhm expanded on this thesis during her lecture at the 2nd “Participatory Quality Development ­– Approaches in Prevention and Health Promotion” workshop (“Partizipative Qualitätsentwicklung – ein Ansatz in Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention”) on 01.06.2016 in Düsseldorf. The workshop was presented by the Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung des Landeszentrums Gesundheit Nordrhein-Westfalen professional group. Click here to see the presentation as a pdf and for more information on the workshop.


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