Title EMPOWER.MENT - Empower ModEl iN Transfer
Project Number 2010-1-IT1-LEO05-01082
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The product object of the transfer was the “Empower model”, that was a Quality system about VET and GET institutes with a particular focus on the inclusion and scholastic integration of immigrant students in strong increase in Europe.
The model has been planned so as to be flexible and lend itself to improvement and adjustments on the basis of individual requirements and/or external inputs. In particular, in addition to transfer the evaluation model to the new VET contexts, Empower.ment aimed at adapting the Quality Model to new groups of other disadvantage students, who has been identified by the partner schools during the first needs’ analysis phase.
It aimed at improving the overall way in which institutes within the upper secondary school system work: once a school has identified its critical areas, the quality of its services, and the requirements of interested target groups, it is able to provide proper didactic and other services for all students.
This project was based on the findings of a desk research on Italian and European official school reports and statistics (MIUR, Istat, Invalsi and Eurydice European Unit, Reports produced by the European Commission) on the state of art of the effective application of self evaluation procedures and models of quality management systems at general and vocational institutions in Europe.
The research has been combined with a pre-survey of needs conducted within General and Vocational schools in Italy, Austria and Romania (field research). It turned out that in Europe only since a decade a process of building an evaluation system has been established in order to ensure the transparency of the work and achievements of the school service (Value Eurostat Key Data on Education in Europe 2009).
The proposal intended to transfer in other educational contexts (upper secondary schools) a Quality model already developed in a pilot project (EMPOWER 2006) under the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme (EAC/11/04) about school management and education school services with a particular focus on immigrant students.
The project Empower.ment aimed at transferring the innovation that has been generated to other schools and at consolidating the innovation already obtained within the schools that had participated in the previous experimentation with the support of institutional partners interested in guaranteeing the continuous improvement of the scholastic services and learning results of students. EMPOWER.MENT (EMPOWER ModEl iN Trasfer) directly involved all school actors by designing an updated version of the model with particular attention for all disadvantaged students.
The main outcomes were the model general design, the Guidelines for its application, self evaluation reports by the participating schools, diffusion of a Quality culture and procedures amongst educational and vocational organizations, protocols of agreements between schools and Trade Unions, training paths for didactic managers and seminars on the methodology, etc.
Empower.ment aimed at transferring the evaluation model called EMPOWER, developed in a previous Leonardo pilot project, to other partners, countries, vocational and/or general educational contexts and so on. For this reason, the Empower.ment acronym means “Empower ModEl iN Transfer”.
A Quality management model applied to VET and general Institutions is supposed to offer an organisational frame of reference, which includes also services of context (complementary to didactics). In addition, the project aimed at introducing and implementing the management of didactics as well as other scholastic services within the general and VET systems so as to make them also available and accessible to vulnerable learners.
Access for disadvantaged
1)Summary report of the needs analysis to introduce the “Model” and it is the basis of the development of the management system provided SWOT analysis;
2)Mapping of key processes (management, priority and support processes produced by the Working Groups of each school);
3)Record of internal model validation including some proposals for the improvement of the architecture model;
4)Empowerment Model general design(updated version of the product);
5)Updated guidelines of Empower 2010 version on CD ROM together with the "model general design (previous output);
6)Connection table between the Empower model and the UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 model;
7)N.2 of training paths on Empower 2010 Model on the development of the transversal skills necessary for an efficient and effective management of the training system;
8)1° Assessment Report;
10)Final evaluation report;
11)2°Record of internal model validation;
13)New web site www.empower-ment.net;
22)Transfer Agreement of the Model.