Title Developing training modules for staff on Aging and Disability issues
Project Number 518175-LLP-1-2011-1-LU-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Développement d'innovation
Country EU-Projets centralisés
« Cofinancé par la Commission Européenne et par l’Autriche via le « Fonds Gesundes Österreich », le projet AGID a permis de développer une plate-forme de formation en ligne (e-laerning) sur les questions du vieillissement dans le champ du handicap intellectuel, avec comme objectif principal de fournir des services de qualité aux personnes vieillissantes en situation de handicap intellectuel.
Ainsi, le consortium de partenaires multinationaux impliqués dans le projet AGID prévoit, par une offre de formation de qualité à destination du personnel et des professionnels travaillant avec ces usagers, de fournir des services permettant de répondre au mieux aux nouveaux besoins de cette population émergente de personnes vieillissantes en situation de handicap intellectuel.
Pour ce faire, le consortium a réalisé un portfolio exceptionnel de modules de formation (en anglais, français, allemand, italien et flamand) en lien avec les besoins et souhaits de ces usager»
The progressive aging of European society is a matter of fact and is affecting the European Union as a whole. Professionals in the health and social care services have very little knowledge and awareness on the complex health and social needs of elderly and ageing people with ID.
In front of this phenomenon, AGID takes in consideration the specific needs of ageing and elderly people with intellectual disabilities, and considers of primary importance that the frontline staff and professionals acquire sound knowledge of the users’ needs as to provide personalized care and services.
The AGID consortium believes that quality training of the staff contributes to the quality of the services provided, and increases the quality of life of the user.
The staff once has successfully completed the training available in 5 languages shall better meet the evolving needs of the user, providing him/her better quality services and with that increase his/hers’ quality of life.
The sustainability of the platform will go for 5 years beyond the project closure as to guarantee greater exploitation of results and it is easily transferable in other continues due to the spectrum of languages in which the training platform is available. AGID reprsents a concrete step towards more inclusive and SOCIAL EUROPE
Aims and Objectives
The core objective of the AGID project is to improve the quality of life of people with Intellectual Disabilities faced with the problems of ageing. The project intends to reach this goal by increasing the knowledge and the competence of frontline staff and professionals in this field through the development of web-based training on the topic of ageing and intellectual disability. The quality of life of elderly people with Intellectual disabilities and their families will be improved through increased knowledge of support staff working with the service-users.
AGID has identified additional objectives to be achieved at various stages of the project:
• To carry out a mapping of policy, needs and services for older people with ID based on the analysis of needs
• To involve people with ID and their families in the formulation and development of the training
• To involve professionals and frontline staff from a range of service agencies in the formulation and development of the training
• To develop a training module using the Delphi consensus method across partner countries
• To implement the training module through an innovative web-based format
• To evaluate the training module and its impact in providing personalised care for older people with ID
• To disseminate the training module, its methodology and impact in improving the quality of life of people with ID across European countries
• To reflect the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities in all the steps of the project.
This project has also addressed the following objectives of the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme:
1. Supporting improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education and training systems, institutions and practices:
The project aimed to improve the quality of staff training in order to enable them to meet the needs of ageing people with disabilities in the most effective way. Training modules based on the outcomes of focus groups involving service users will impart increased knowledge and skills to enable staff to respond to the changes in users' lives.
2. Facilitating the development of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training on regional, national and EU level
The project aimed to develop quality and innovative staff training on specific issues related to aging and disability. The results of each module delivered locally will be shared with the whole partnership and then transferred to a European level.
3. Developing Vocational Skills taking into consideration the labour market needs new Skills for New Jobs Platform
The project directly addressed the priority 3: "New skills for new jobs" since it focuses on the development of new skills for front-line staff. Participants in the AGID project training modules will learn new approaches; practices and competences that will help them face the new challenges in their profession.
In keeping with the European Disability strategy 2010 – 2020, the AGID project intends to “Raise disability awareness and specific knowledge among health professionals, considering
the specific needs of female and male patients”.
This project also wants to demonstrate that the active involvement of the target groups people with ID, their families and the professionals), during all steps of the projects, will bring them additional benefits.
The innovative character of the AGID project is based on the use of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology. AI has been the base for carrying out the focus groups in each partner country and from that, the pattern for developing and delivering the training modules. AI is based on principles of inclusion and enables to hear the voices of users, families and professionals. This qualitative methodology of research is a simple but radical approach to understanding the social world. AI concentrates on exploring ideas that people have about what is valuable in what they do and then tries to work out ways in which this can be built on – the emphasis is on appreciating the activities and responses of people rather than concentrating on their problems. The radical aspect of AI is in the way that it challenges us to rethink our ideas on how people work, how changes happen and how research can contribute to this process (Reed 2007). In addition it also facilitates discussion and exploration of practice, as it starts from a positive position
AI approach begins with the assumption that every human system already has strengths: key factors of health and well being.
The AGID consortium decided to use this method because:
• AI is collaborative effort to bring people together, it involves multiple members or stakeholders conversing and working together.
• AI is inclusive; it invites a widening circle of voices, representing all stakeholder voices within a system.
• AI is generative, it fosters a dialogue that cultivates scenarios and theories what leads to more cooperation, to higher performing work. Participants are drawn to work together more toward a common anticipatory image.
AGID project has been conducted through the incorporation of the four principles of Appreciative enquiry (AI).
This consists of:
1. Discovery – appreciating what gives life, when we are at our best, positive core.
2. Dreaming – envisioning what might be, images of the future we want.
3. Designing – Determining what will be and;
4. Delivery – Planning what will be.
Utilisation et diffusion de résultats
Formation tout au long de la vie
Validation, transparence, certification
Formation ouverte et à distance
Égalité des chances
Activités Spécialisées, Scientifiques Et Techniques
Santé Humaine et Action Sociale
Autres Activités de Services
Information et Communication
Enseignement à distance
Procédure pour l'analyse et le pronostic des besoins de la formation professionnelle
Matériel pour l'enseignement
Description de nouveaux métiers
A handbook on how to use Appreciative Inquiry methodology has been elaborated by our work package leader with questionnaires for the discovery and dream/design phase adapted to all the stakeholders participating within the focus groups such as: users- people with ID; their families; support staff and health professionals and also to policy makers. The coproduction of knowledge approach has been very well elaborated and usable through the website.
Each partner has also presented an appreciative report of the focus groups conducted and all of these included within a final report of the focus groups by the whole consortium. The impact of these reports have been an in depth transcript of the individual and common dreams of the stakeholders especially users permitting the support staff to visualize and understand their necessities and expectations.
Furthermore, each member has produced a training module on one important social and/or health need of a person with ID supplying in-depth knowledge to support staff which will be trained to provide better service and in this way increase the quality of life for people with ID.
These modules are accessible in e-format with very interactive layout and evidence based material, as also the training platform can be conducted in face to face settings. The training guide accessible to public through the AGID website has been designed to support people in their effort to acquire/convey knowledge and competences about working with ageing people with ID; this includes those who teach the module as well as front-line staff who use the online-version of the training.
The guide provides information about the AGID program, the AGID modules, the use of the AGID training guide and key concepts. The guide also states the AGID general and specific objectives, the objectives of each module, learning outcomes and acquired competences expected. There is information on methods for successful training in adult education and specific advice on how to organize face-to-face training and what to consider when undertaking an online training.
The AGID e-learning platform features a series of 6 Modules on the topics of:
1. Ageing Process
2. Person- Centered Planning
3. Social Networking and Communication of Elderly People with ID
4. Emotional Regulation for Front-line staff
5. Pathological Ageing in People with ID
6. Taking Care: a Complex Professional Stance
Besides of the training platform to be conducted in e-format or through face to face session , several tools for the valorization and the dissemination of the results achieved so far, have been prepared: such as AGID website, AGID newsletter, AGID press in newsletters, conferences etc; all with the aim to reach as greater audience as possible in order to raise awareness on these issues and subsequently supply information for understating and action. The AGID Consortium enjoys the copyrights of the AGID training platform in what concerns its e-format , the content of the training modules as also the final publication AGID outcomes and achievements.