The Study offers an in-depth analysis of the digital political participation of young people in Switzerland
The Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS launched its interdisciplinary project on digital democracy in November of 2019. As one of three project groups commissioned by TA-SWISS to conduct a study, the Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlament DSJ – Switzerland’s umbrella organisation to promote youth political participation – analysed digital participation behaviours of adolescents and young adults based on their use of the DSJ platform engage.ch.
The study sheds light on the following three questions:
1. Who participates online? (Demographics: age, gender, level of education, migration background, urban/rural, language region)
2. What features do adolescents and young adults expect and want from a digital participatory platform?
3. How can online platforms be made more accessible in order to reach as many users as possible?
In addition to insightful findings, the study also proposes a series of recommendations for developing and operating digital participatory platforms for young people.
While the Study is available only in German, a summary of the findings and the recommendations is available in English, French and Italian.