Title ARCO - KEY COMPETENCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE NEET INCLUSION
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-514
Product Evaluation and Validation Report
Title Evaluation and Validation Report
Product Type others
Marketing Text An externally produced Evaluation and Validation Report
Both the process and the end result - the Evaluation and Validate Report, has contributed immensely to the project in terms of validating the transfer of innovation (TOI) namely the Transferable Skills Toolkit for Trainers. Additionally, how, when embedded into creative non-formal teaching/training practice, Transferable Skills can have an influential impact on the life chances of Young People NEET. The evaluation and validation process has uncovered how the project has built the capacity of the partner organisations (those receiving the TOI), however, additionally, how the process has enabled the lead partner organisation to reflect and improve upon their own practice as a result of the exchange of ideas and methodologies. "The consortium consolidated and extended the use of the Toolkit and its methodology around transferable skills and has shown through this project that its innovation can be transferred geographically, transversally, and across sectors"
In terms of capacity building individual partners, the evaluation has both informed and captured the concept of working effectively and more informally with Young People NEET outside of mainstream education, and by the introduction of a structured approach to embedding Transferable Skills has proved effective practice. As has the design and testing of a unique Distance Travelled tool, an additional outcome/result for the project, which will now be further developed and rolled out into other areas of the partners' work.
"The impact on partner organisations, trainers and learners (Young People NEET) has been significant and is already having results beyond this project including the roll-out of the Euro-Arco approach into other areas of their work." John Lancaster, External Evaluator
The External Evaluation was aligned to best practice and was compliant with various standards and codes of conduct such as the UK Evaluation Society Good Practice Guidelines, the European Evaluation Society, and the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. The External Evaluation was conducted byJohn Lancaster of Perfect Moment, which are on the approved consultants' panel for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, and are members of the Market Research Society, which gave the consortium confidence in the end product and its potential to influence both decision-making and sustainability.
Target group VET Practitioners, VET Policy Makers, NGOs, Non-formal and Formal Learning Sector, Arts Practitioners
Area of application
The Evaluation of Euro-Arco Project Final Report (September 2014) sets out key findings, primarily that the project met its aims and objectives within the original application in that it:
- Tested the Transferable Skills Toolkit for Trainers Toolkit, resulting in the capacity of partner organisations being built in terms of the ARCO approach to working with Young People NEET by embedding Transferable Skills into teaching/trainign practice.
- The two pilot programmes were an essential component of the transfer of innovation (TOI) and the knowledge, skills and methodologies (along with the philosophy, values and vision of the project), provided a steep learning curve for both organisations and TRAINERS invovled.
- The internal evaluation and feedback from Pilot 1 helped enormously in understanding the process, and by the end of Pilot 2 the innovation transfer had been successfully delivered. The partners now display great understanding of the Toolkit methodology and its application to their own context.
- The project validated that the Toolkit works in a range of environments and that it can be transferred successful to EU contexts.
- Development of the unique Distance Travelled Tool and Depository has enabled the partners to better understand the importance of capturing the 'baseline' or starting point of the Young Person NEET and provided a qualitative tool for working more effectively with YP NEET, and for charting impact through capturing distance travelled by the individual.
- As a result of the above, both Trainers and Training Managers better understand both the challenges and benefits of using a distance travelled tool, and how and when this is best used within the process of diagnosing need and informing individual training/learning plans. Further, in then working with those individuals within a group context.
Product Languages English