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Peer Review: Increasing Sustainable Development Of Quality
LLP-LdV-TOI-11-IT-771

Our role: project partner

Project maturity: 2011 – 2013

The survey made in 2009 by the Thematic Group on Peer Review of ENQAVET, reflects a high demand from VET providers from at least 18 Member States to start transnational Peer Reviews by 2010. The final results of Thematic Group show that “If implemented properly, European Peer Review as a practical, tangible and concrete tool to implement the EQARF recommendation has the potential to become one of the main pillars of European VET quality policy in the next 5 to 10 years encompassing all relevant actors – VET providers, social partners and other stakeholders as well as the VET systems of the participating Member States”. Meanwhile each Member State, by June 2011, must improve its Quality Assurance System, by concretely assuming and adopting tools, procedures and methods coherently with EQARF recommendations. This is the rationale of the project which primarily aims at implementing transnational Peer Reviews at the European level, by involving VET providers from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Social Partner from Lithuania (VET Trade Union) and Regional Body of Italian VET System (Regione Umbria) and consequently, using and testing the structure and process developed by the Thematic Group to promote further exploitation of the results of the three previews Leonardo da Vinci projects on Peer Review. The Transfer of Innovation is based on the European Peer Review Manual, the Tool Box and the Proposal for a structure and process for transnational European Peer Review.

PRISDOQ - “PEER REVIEWS:
INCREASING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF QUALITY”
LLP-LdV-TOI-11-IT-771, CUP G92F11000390006


Summary
The survey made in 2009 by the Thematic Group on Peer Review of ENQAVET, reflects a high demand from VET providers from at least 18 Member States to start transnational Peer Reviews by 2010. The final results of Thematic Group show that "If implemented properly, European Peer Review as a practical, tangible and concrete tool to implement the EQARF recommendation has the potential to become one of the main pillars of European VET quality policy in the next 5 to 10 years encompassing all relevant actors – VET providers, social partners and other stakeholders as well as the VET systems of the participating Member States". Meanwhile each Member State, by June 2011, must improve its Quality Assurance System, by concretly assuming and adopting tools, procedures and methods coherently with EQARF recommendations.  This is the rationale of the project which primarly aims at implementing transnational Peer Reviews at the European level, by involving VET providers from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Social Partner from Lithuania (VEt Trade Union) and Regional Body of Italian VET System (Regione Umbria) and consequently, using and testing the structure and process developed by the Thematic Group to promote further exploitation of the results of the three previews Leonardo da Vinci projects on Peer Review. The Transfer of Innovation is based on the European Peer Review Manual, the Tool Box and the Porposal for a structure and process for transnational European Peer Review.
The Consortium, as above mentioned, is characterized by different organizations which play each a keyrole in VET System at both regional and European level. They are also high qualified in VET System  and particularly in Quality Assurance procedures and methods developed for VET. It is composed by:VET providers (Associazione FORMA.Azione, Perspektive Wechsel, Happy Kids), with relevant experiences and skills in both quality of didactics and pedagogical methods and Management of Quality Assurance System (Associazione FORMA.Azione,Perspektiv and LETU, are still developing a Multilateral LdV project on Quality indicators in VET, "From the good to the best"); social actors and policy makers, as Letu and Regione Umbria, which can assure wide dissemination of project's results at National and European level and involvement of other VET stakeholders, social actors and policy makers at Regional and National level. It includes also a partner from Turkey, Happy Kids, which  operates at International level and it is managing varioius LLP projects.
The main outcomes of the project are: check lists of SWOT analysis factors of Transnational Peer Review; best practice catalogue of information/dissemination and support actions developed by the project and Quality Assurance and Learning transversal measures adopted.The impact enivisaged is both at Regional/national and European level and it includes VET providers, social actors, policy makers, and other VET stakeholders.


METHODOLOGIES AND WORKPLAN

The project starts from the following assumption: in coherence with the bottom up approach described in the “Guidelines for supporting quality assurance in Vet systems” and the “Proposal for a structure and process for transnational European peer reviews” to transfer a new methodology for the continous improvement of VET Providers’ Quality System (especially if they are private companies) it is very important to identify which are the incentives for them.
If Vet providers can appreciate the strategic role of this approach it could be functional for implementing the expected improvement as  explained in the European Recommendation about decision makers.
In this way this project partnership fully corresponds to scenario 3 (Transitional Cooperative Model) described in the above mentioned Proposal, by involving vet providers, regional governmental bodies (Regione Umbria) and various social actors. According to their own competences these social actors can assure a transnational network on Quality Assurance (Giorgio Allulli is the National Coordinator of QANRP in Italy and LETU - Lithuanian  Education Trade Union, is a relevant National Social “partner” and also a member of Education International (EI), the European trade union committee for education (ETUCE) and they have a representative in CEDEFOP).
So the methodology is based on previous experimentation of Transnational European Peer Review between the partners. This is useful to identify weaknesses and strengths. So it is possible to implement the strategy to standardize the use of this methodology, with reference to the process and structure developed into the thematic work group on Transnational European Peer review.

So the first year of the project is focused on the adoption of Transnational Peer Review by each partners Vet providers that can also survey and collect weaknesses and strengths. This is useful also to verify the efficacy of the actual strategies defined in the “Proposal for a structure and process for transnational European peer reviews” to set the promotion and the adoption of Peer review at European Level. The partnership will also take into account how each Member State is improving the Quality Assurance Systems in VET (as recommended by EU) and which are the tools and solutions adopted to promote Peer Review in each country. Then the partnership is able to define a new strategy to promote Peer Review. The second year of project’s life is focused on experimenting with it, in Umbria and in the other partner’s countries, to evaluate efficacy, efficiency and VET providers quality level improvements.

Project’s phases
1. Experimentation of Peer Review by each partner
2. Sharing of weaknesses and strengths to set Transnational Peer review at European level
3. Building of the “Executive plan to sustainable management of European Transnational Peer Review”
4. Experimentation of the Plan in each partner’s country.
5. Monitoring, evaluation and validation of the results
6. Dissemination

 
Work Package n. 1 Experimentation of Transnational Peer Review by each partner

Start month October 2011  End month February 2012

Costs (euro)  76.216,00

Package leader Associazione FORMA.Azione srl

Work package aims.
Transfer to each project’s partner the methodology of European Transnational Peer Review. Check the application process and evaluate weaknesses and strengths to adopt the European Peer review Handbook.
In this phase, thanks to the presence of relevant decision makers in the VET system, as Regione Umbria and LETU, it is possible to point out vertical mainstreaming factors that influence a spread adoption of the methodology at European level.

Description of activities.
1. Kick off meeting in Italy (Perugia):
constitution of the Management Committee, with the formal assignment of the tasks foreseen in the project; preparation of the Moodle platform for sharing data e information; set up of the Scientific and Technical Committee, by the President Giorgio Allulli, QANRP Italia
2. Desk and shared work:
Working out of a “Check list to point out advantages and disadvantages in using Peer Review” (with reference to SWOT analysis), applicable to VET providers at Transnational level;
3. Experimentation of the Peer Review between the partners VET Providers;
4. preparation of the Moodle platform in the way to use to share information and data, collaborate in work and disseminate intermediate results and different points of view of each partner.
5. Gathering of advantages and disadvantages in using Peer Review, by each partner during the experimentation and using the check list previously created.

Description of methodological / pedagogical frame work
Use of Peer review techniques, methods and procedures, Quality Assurance AUDIT, Swot analysis.
About the experimentation of Peer Review, the partnership will follow the Peer review Handbook and the Tool Box, with particular attention to: self-evaluation Report, by each partner; selection of Quality areas, recruitment and training of peers, visiting of peers, report of Peers, Plan of improvement.
The Visiting of Peers between the partners is set out in a circular way, to optimize the process and the expected results in a transnational dimension: FORMA.Azione tests Peer review at Perspektiv, that tests Peer review at Letu, that tests Peer review at Happy Kids, that tests Peer Review at FORMA.Azione.

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
DNV Italia Srl participates with its auditors to the Peer Reviews held in Italy, Germany and Turkey
Particularly it is in charge of the integration and adjustment of the evaluation methodologies between Peers to the ISO 9001 requirements for VET. It is in charge of external evaluation of the project due to its role of third part in the assessment and accreditation process of VET providers.

It contributes to the swot analysis, by adding its own point of view on ISO requirements for audit and quality assurance system.
The Coordinator of the Italian National Reference Point for Quality Assurance (QANRP), as the President of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the project, is in charge of monitoring and controlling the partners’ work and contributes with methodological suggestions to the “Check list to point out advantages and disadvantages in using Peer Review”.
An ICT expert sets the Moodle platform to share information and data between partners , providing the credentials to access and all the stuff tor facilitate the online cooperative work between partnership.
 
Work Package n. 2 Sharing of criticism and strengths about the application of Transnational Peer review

Start month March 2012  End month May 2012

Costs (euro)  68.977,00

Package leader Perspektiv

Work package aims
Evaluation and check of the application process experimented in the first phase, to point out criticism, disadvantages, advantages and strengths for implementing Peer review at European level.
Including in the analysis both the bottom up and the top down approaches.

Description of activities
Individual Analysis of the experimentation results (based on the check list) by each partner, also together to the main local stakeholders;
First step of sharing between partner of the fulfilled check lists, by using and access Moodle platform.
First intermediate meeting in Germany to:
• Compare data and analysis of experimentation and fulfilled check lists between partners.
• Sum up and share final results of the experimentation process.
• Final reporting about the experimentation and the connected evaluation process.
• Update of Moodle platform to assure the more possible sharing of information between partners and to disseminate intermediate results.

Description of methodological / pedagogical frame work
Swot analysis; Focus group with local, regional and national stakeholders

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
DNV Italia Srl and the Italian National Reference Point for Quality Assurance (QANRP) support the VET Providers in:
• reading, analysing and suming up the data collected during the experimentation, also by suggesting priorities;
• Finale reporting of the experimentation,
The Technical Scientific committee supervise the work


 
Work Package n. 3 Working –out the “Executive Plan for a sustainable management of the Transnational Peer Review”

Start month June 2012  End month September 2012

Costs (euro)  68.575,00

Package leader LETU

Work package aims
Starting from the results of the previous phases and using the available methods and tools to read the data, the partnership proceed with the development of the “Executive Plan for a sustainable management of the Transnational Peer Review”, based on the “Proposal for structure and process for Transnational European Peer Reviews”.


Description of activities
• Work on line, by email and access and exchange by Moodle platform: starting from the Final Report, developed together by all the partners in the previous phase, The Managing Committee produces the Executive Plan, by collaborating on line.
• Starting from the general architecture of the “Proposal for structure and process for Transnational European Peer Reviews”, divided into “Common principles, Structure,
• Cooperation”, “Tasks and responsibilities”, “Funding” each partner using its own specific competences, identifies and integrate in the plan:
 Regarding to “Common principles”, which actors can involve and by which kind of agreements;
 Regarding to “Tasks and responsibilities”, which actions can develop and support, with reference to the engagement expressed in the letter of intent: “Information and dissemination”, Support, Quality Assurance and Learning”
 Regarding to “Funding”, which further fundings can access to develop a spread and sustainable adoption of Transnational Peer Review.
The executive plan also describe the monitoring system that the partnership will adopt and the specific control actions develop during the testing of the plan.
The Technical Scientific Committe is in charge of the final version of the Executive Plan; so it will proceed by revising it, adding modifications and finally it released the final definite version that the partnership can adopt.
The Executive Plan is loaded on the Moodle Platform and sent to ENQAVET, by the mean of the Scientific Committee.

Description of methodological / pedagogical frame work
In this phase the methodology adopted by the partnership is based on the general framework described in the “Proposal for structure and process for Transnational European Peer Reviews”
The partners will also use focus group with regional and national stakeholders.

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
The role of the Coordinator of the National Reference Point can assure in this phase both the evaluation and integration of the Plan and the transfer of it to EQAVET and the thematic group on Peer Review. This is one of the concrete actions to put in practice what suggested the “Proposal for structure and process for Transnational European Peer Reviews”
The ICT expert updates Moodle platform.

 

Work Package n. 4 Experimentation of the “Executive Plan for a sustainable management of the Transnational Peer Review” in each partner country

Start month October 2012  End month May 2013

Costs (euro)  90.675,00

Package leader Happy Kids

Work package aims
The aim of this WP is verify the efficacy of the solutions defined in the Plan, by concretly testing them in each partner country.

Description of activities
During the second intermediate meeting in Turkey, the reference paradigms defined in the previous WP become concrete actions.
Each partner shows to the Managing Committee the initiatives of sustainable management of Peer review they are able to organize and develop with reference to their specific competences.
The partnership provides a scheduling/agenda of the transnational  implementation process of European Peer Review, with detailed obligations and action plans of the partners. The agenda must describe:
1. at least 2 actions for each kind of initiatives (“Information and Dissemination”, “Support” and  “Quality Assurance and learning”, “Funding”), with reference to the following guidelines:
a. Official/Formal agreement, networks to promote the adoption of European Peer Review
b. Awarding system for those Vet provider who concretely adopt European Peer Review, in coherence with the Quality Assurance System already existing in each partner country;
c. Certification/Recognition systems to strengthen the motivation of using European Peer Review (For eg: Quality awards or marks for those VET providers who adopt the Peer Review, etc…)
d. face to face and via web actions of promotion, dissemination and awareness on Peer Review;
e. recognition and qualification systems of Peer Skills (For eg: qualified training for Peers, creation of albi and professional register of Peers, etc…)
f. alternative financing sources

2. Scheduling Time and development modes;
3. List of the actors involved

Creation of contents and graphics of the Brochure that presents the methodology of Peer Review, preparation of DVD.
Convalidation of the agenda for implementing European Peer Review Europea and assign the tasks to each partners as they declared in the letters of intent. Selection of the didactic stuff and merchandising (Carpets, block notes, pens, pen drive, stickers, etc…) as a support for the promotion of European Peer Review in each country.


Description of methodological / pedagogical frame work
The adoption, in the previous WP, of tools of analysis as SWOT analysis to prevent possible criticism not always due to endogenous and external context factors (national laws, modus operandi, political choices, etc..), but often to the suspicious of the evaluation/assessment and improvement systems that are perceived as forced mechanism of “control and prescription”. The file rouge of the Executive Plan will be: adopting Peer Review is “convenient”.

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
Supervision of the actions  done by the Technical and Scientific Committee, with reference to to the architecture described in the “Proposal for a structure and process for transnational European Peer Reviews”
 
Work Package n. 5 Monitoring and evaluation of the achieved results

Start month October 2011  End month June 2013

Costs (euro)  27.431,00

Package leader Regione Umbria

Work package aims
Evaluation of the experimentation process of the “Executive Plan for a sustainable management of the Transnational Peer Review”  and the respect of the fixed Agenda.
Verify the impact of the action developed on the system, by providing evidences and spreading the achieved results at national and European level.


Description of activities
Work on line, by exchanging documents per e.mail and access and collect points of view and comparison data on Moodle Platform:
Evaluation of results by short time:
Work developed by each partner.

Monitoring Reporting about:
 Numbers of participants to the awareness and dissemination seminars about Peer Review experiences developed in each country (divided with reference to the different kind of bodies they represent: Vet providers, schools, project managers, trade unions, etc..)
 Numbers of Peer Review project required,
 Numbers of contacts accessed on Moodle Platform

Evaluation of results by long time:
 Numbers of quality marks and awards provided to those VET providers who adopted Peer Review
 Numbers and kind of agreements on promoting the adoption of Peer Review, between institutional actors, social partners, representatives of the industrial, VET and economic system.
 Numbers of training course on Peer Review methodology realized
 Process of development and change of the public awarding system and quality assurance system existing in each partner country.
 Numbers of register and database of Peers  set up.

Reporting of the monitoring and evaluation of the results 

Description of methodological / pedagogical frame work
Monitoring and final results evaluating techniques and methods

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
DNV Italia Srl is the external evaluator and the Technical and Scientific Committee  supervise the partners work in:
- reading, analysing and suming up information and data  of the project;
- developing the Report about monitoring and evaluation of the results

 
Work Package n. 6 Dissemination

Start month February 2012  End month October 2013

Costs (euro)  40.350,00

Package leader Associazione FORMA.Azione

Work package aims
Disseminate and spread on large scale the results of the experimentation and delivery of the Final Report to ENQAVET.

Description of activities
Cooperative Work on line, to develop the Catalogue of the Best Practice in promoting and adopting Peer Review and the Final Report.

Disseminate and transfer the project results by:
 N. 4 seminars to present the results of the experimentation (Perugia, Vilnius, Ankara e Wuppertal), to all the local VET providers, public institutions, trade unions, employers associations, etc.  Delivery the Peer Review kit to the participants, that is:
 The brochure with the final project’s results;
 The Catalogue of the best practices to promote the adoption of Transnational European Peer Review;
 “European Peer Review Manual for VET” for trainers, teachers and VET experts.

- Publishing on the partners web sites of project’s data and sums to spread the information and to access specialized documents and didactic materials.;

Final two days Meeting to be held in Perugia; first day as the final meeting between partner focused on: 
 Evaluate the impact produced by the project;
 Ratify the final project results Report;
 Proposal of transfer to other European countries
 Editing and spread of the documents

 

Role and tasks of sub-contractors (if any)
The network ENQAVET acquire the final project Report. DNV Italia Srl develops the Report of the External Evaluation and support the dissemination actions, also by publishing data and information on its website.

 

 

 


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