Title Practical Action Learning Sets for Community Participation
Project Number UK/07/LLP-LdV/TOI-046
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text This project transfered innovative and proven products operational in the UK to the emerging market place in Turkey Latvia and Poland. The work was to transfer and customise toolkits for developing community consultation and engagement skills. This was particularly relevant as community consultation becomes more widely used through the integration of processes into formal planning procedures across the EU. This was particularly acuted in direct engagement with communities which, for many, is new and not currently a significant part of vocational training.
Summary Innovative practical action learning set was well established and proven methodologies in the UK. They enabled practitioners and activists to explore a range of tools and techniques that complemented their own specific requirements. The PALS project provided a unique opportunity to transfer this innovative approach across the EU, specifically targeting new and accession states who historically have a low level of understanding and participation in these types of approaches and methodologies. Using a cascade training model we were, across the EU, built the competencies into the non formal and informal vocational training and development of regeneration, planning and community development practitioners and activists - thereby supporting the growing sustainable communities’ agenda.
To achieve the project's overall aim we had designed a series of interrelated objectives:-
• Identify a core set a set of transferable tools and techniques customised to the need of individual states
• Promote tools and techniques through a transnational “training the trainers” process, to 45 practitioners and through them cascade and test to 350 other practitioners
• Translate tools and technique in to local language
• Produce a web site for dissemination and accessibility of partners
• Produce effective case study analysis, learning sets, good practice guide, technology transfer, conceptual consultations, testing methodologies.
• Develop and promote ICT learning materials through an interactive e-learning web site
• Develop a network of trainers to cascade learning opportunities, enhance vocational skills competencies, teach effective techniques and improve confidence for those professionals and activists working with these communities
Sectors Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
Product information PALS encompassed the key skills and principles of the most widely used and well proven community planning and interactive consultation techniques in use in the UK today. Regeneration professionals and community activists throughout the U.K. had successfully used our wide portfolio of vocational skills development and training courses for many years. PALS extended this content and methodology portfolio.