Title Project management for community development workers
Project Number 2009-1-FR1-LEO05-07400
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The aim of the project was to strengthen the knowledges, skills and competences of the Community Development Workers (CDWs) in Project Cycle Management (PCM). A training module has therefore been tested among 47 CDWs in 6 different countries: Czech Republic, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland.
The quantitative objectives have been over-achieved :
1) It was planned to train 36 CDWs. Finally, 47 CDWs have been trained. Indeed, one silent Swiss partner joined the consortium and experimented the training program in Switzerland. Moreover, several partners tested the pilot among more participants than it was planned.
2) Most of the organizations decided to involve more than one trainer to implement the pilot. Moreover, the Swiss partners implemented the pilot in their country. The consequence was the participation of 12 trainers in the "trainers training" (instead of 7 planned), and their participation in the teaching pilot.
The target was to adapt, transfer and optimise an already existing innovative modular vocational training course to the professional circumstances of CDWs. Through this training programme, CDWs targeted by the project are now able to manage better their daily work-life “projects” according to modern project management standards by applying appropriate methods and instruments.
The core training programme was already developed by IFAID, and now, in co-operation with the project partners, it has been adapted to suit the needs and frameworks of CDWs.
By proposing training in project management to CDWs, we supported the participants in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitate personal development.
By presenting an innovative training module, in which trainees are in a professional situation, to the other vocational training centres, we supported improvements in quality and innovation within vocational education and training systems, institutions and practices.
By proposing and presenting a new training programme to employers of CDWs, fully adapted to the professional needs of their employees, we enhanced the attractiveness of vocational education and training.
PRODEV has been promoted by the French training center IFAID Aquitaine (Institut de Formation et d‘Appui aux Initiatives de Dévelopement/Institute of Training and Support for Development Initiatives) and has been funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation action of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It started in October 2009 and finished in october 2011.
The project focused on the group of professional Community Development Workers (CDWs). Broadly speaking, these are people working to achieve the further development of a region or community, in the public or private sectors. For a variety of different reasons the number of CDWs in Europe has increased within the last decades and many CDWs have never been trained in project management. However their role requires them to design and implement projects in their daily professional life.
The interest and specific nature of this project was the way it aimed to provide training to CDWs, helping them to manage a project in their own professional context.
The PRODEV project has targeted the following main groups:
• Community development workers (CDWs) and organisations/bodies representing their interests
• Local communities and public bodies employing CDWs
• Adult education providers
• Policy makers at the local, regional and national levels responsible for Active European Citizenship and Lifelong Learning.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
transparency and certification
material for open learning
program or curricula
- A training curriculum in each partner language translated in learning outcomes that fits the needs of the Community development workers in their specific work situation.
- Pedagogical supports for the learners
- Manual for trainers
- Project website with restricted area for the trainers and the learners
- Compendium of projects supported by the Prodev pilot training
- Evaluation reports (the outcomes of these pilots have been evaluated in order to improve the curriculum).
- Dissemination CDRom and report.
All teachning and learning materials are available in English and all partner languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Czech).
The training learning outcomes are defined with ECVET methodology for a better recognition in Europe.