Title Valorisation of Diversity Skills (ValoDi)
Project Number 2009-1-FI1-LEO05-01589
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Managing diversity... impossible? Possible - check www.valodi.eu!
Summary ValoDi, Valorisation of Diversity Skills (LdV/ToI 2009-2011) is a sequel to TforD, Tools for Diversity project (LdV 2006-2008), both of which focus on diversity of people in organisations. Diversity is an increasingly important aspect in any Human Resource and training activities as well as in working with diverse clientele. ValoDi addresses additionally diversity in management and strategic planning. Diversity and equality of people refer to themes of gender, sexual orientation, health, disability, language, ethnic and cultural background, age and convictions, values and opinions. The emphasis is on the legal rights and the integration of all people in the community and workplace as resources. Diversity competence stands for skills that can be identified, assessed, learnt and further developed. The project aims at developing teachers', trainers', workplace instructors', HR professionals', and management professionals' competence to systematically draw these and other aspects of diversity into the workplace as resources that support innovation and organisational development. ValoDi’s novelty to the precedent TforD content is diversity management, which focuses on the need (raised in TforD) for more coordinated and goal- and outcome-oriented planning on more diversity-sensitive organisational environments. ValoDi addresses directly the skills’ and competence development required in the increasingly diverse and segregating circumstances of modern European societies. Diversity management is a key to sensitization on diversity as a resource, and hence, an effective means for dissolving threats of increasing segregation. The project is coordinated by Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK), Finland. The consortium consists of partners from TforD such as Finland, Spain, and Norway as well new partners from Italy, Poland, Latvia and Austria.
Valorisation of Diversity Skills, ValoDi was a two-year project (LdV/ToI 2009-2011) within the Leonardo da Vinci programme for identifying and developing management professionals', teachers', trainers' and workplace instructors' diversity skills and competence in different themes in diversity and diversity management. It was a transfer of innovation project following the work accomplished in Tools for diversity (TforD, LdV/DoI 2006-2008).
Diversity and equality of people refer to themes of gender, sexual orientation, health, disability, language, ethnic and cultural background, age and convictions, values and opinions. The emphasis lies on the legal rights and the integration of all people in the community and workplace as resources. Diversity competence stands for skills that can be identified, assessed, learnt and further developed. ValoDi's novelty to the precedent TforD content was diversity management, which focused on the need for more coordinated and goal- and outcome-oriented planning on more diversity-sensitive organisational environments and also usage of diversity as a supportive element in the innovation sructures of organisations.
The project was coordinated by Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK), Finland. The consortium consisted of partners from TforD such as Finland, Spain, and Norway as well new partners from Italy, Poland, Latvia and Austria.
Access for disadvantaged
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
program or curricula
Diversity Assessment Tool and Competence Analysis
The existing Diversity Assessment Tool developed in TforD, was enhanced in ValoDi to better analyse competence in diversity themes and diversity management in organisations. The Tool was tested during the piloting phase in all countries of the consortium. There were both companies and training organizations involved in piloting.
Handbook on Diversity Management
The Handbook supports the definition of the pedagogical approach to various aspects of diversity, in particular diversity management, which, in turn, supports competence development. The Handbook defines the concept, practices and policies around the various themes of diversity and diversity management. It is applied also as a means to challenge the programme participants and it makes a reference and working material in organisation-specific development.
Resource Site on Diversity
ValoDi developed training resources and community on diversity and related topics on an open source forum. This recourse site was developed in Wikipedia environment and for example in Finnish it can be found here: http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monimuotoisuuden_johtaminen. The resource site is operational and evolving as a training resource for immediate target groups of the project, but also more widely. New content can continuously be added and amended by project partners and visitors of the site alike.