QUALITY STANDARDS in intercultural projects focusing on active participation – connecting theory and practice
The QStand project was born following a series of discussions and exchanges between youth workers regarding the quality of the projects run by their own organisations and those of their partners across Europe. These exchanges focused on various elements of the project cycle, covered management aspects, educational content, methodological approaches, the variety and appropriateness of chosen methods. On the other hand, a specific focus on intercultural dimension was raised, stressing out the needs for new approaches and methods in order to ensure proper learning and outcomes. A publication is foreseen as a tangible outcome of the project.
The objectives of QStand are:
– to identify and define the elements that are crucial to ensuring high quality active participation
projects with high-standard intercultural learning processes
– to analyse the steps organisations need to take in assuring quality
– to share experiences of both best and worst practices – successes and failures – in developing and
implementing high quality projects
– to define minimum quality standards for intercultural projects focusing on active participation
– to create tool(s) for minimum quality standards that support organisations in developing projects
– to identify key areas of quality assurance that need further development (mainly through training
or other educational processes).
1 – QStand – Homework
Before the QStand seminar, participants were invited to take part in a preparation process. This preparation enabled participants to reflect on their own organisations and realities before coming to the seminar. Some of the participants were not involved in the daily operations of their organisations, therefore this allowed them to interact with their colleagues and reflect together on the important and relevant issues for their organisations. The homework / assignments carried out by participants are available for consultation during the Editorial meeting.
2 – QStand – Seminar
3 – QStand – Editorial Meeting
The QStand Seminar was the face-to-face meeting where participants had the opportunity to get to know each other, to interact, share, exchange and create together. Participants were invited to reflect on the various terminologies they are using: active participation, intercultural projects, quality, etc. They also used the quality lenses to look both at the project cycle and the educational aspects of youth projects.
The QStand Editorial meeting is meant to serve the finalisation of the publication. The Editorial team will take the ideas and content developed during the seminar and the Editorial meeting and will further develop them through online co-operation with those participants of the seminar that will express their interest to continue to contribute to the project.
The meeting itself will also act as a re-focusing moment; in this sense, the Editorial meeting touches upon the last three objectives of the project, allowing the creation of the quality standards model, the tools to be proposed and the identification of the areas that need further development. We foresee working both individually and collectively – in plenary and in small groups – sharing the documents / drafts created and analysing the content and its form. The Gallery Walk method will allow everyone to provide feedback on intermediary content results and to interact with the authors.
In the case of the tools that are developed, we also propose sessions to test some of them in order to clarify their content, to understand and to enrich them with final adjustments.
Author of the project: Imre BOGDAN