IMPADAResearch methodology to guide IMPADA partners on collecting successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner Output type: Intellectual Output
Project name: Improving the effectiveness of adult education for disadvantaged groups
Document ID name:IMPADA_03A1_good practices collection guide_2016-12-15
Document title:Research methodology to guide IMPADA partners on collecting successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner
Output Type:Intellectual Output
Date of Delivery:30/11/2016
Activity type: Document
Dissemination level: Public
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Table of Contents1.Introduction42.Basic definitions and questions to explore53.Purposes and activities63.1.Why collect the practices?63.2.Sharing successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged74.Stakeholders75.Sampling methodology86.Identifying Good Practices106.1.Defining evaluation fields116.2.Defining evaluation criteria116.3.Ranking and Classification127.Collection process, means and tools167.1.Processes167.2.Means177.2.1.Questionnaire template187.2.2.Identity of the organisation where the successful adult education practice on the disadvantaged is adopted197.2.3.Description of the successful adult education practice on the disadvantaged learner207.2.4.Impact227.2.5.Evaluations237.2.6.Challenges247.2.7.Scale247.2.8.Transferability257.2.9.Other details of the good practice267.3.Supporting tools267.3.1.Invitation email267.3.2.Follow up email277.3.3.Thank you email288.Quality assurance289.Annexes299.1.Invitation email template299.2.Follow up email template309.3.Thank you email template319.4.Link to the questionnaire in English319.5.Template form for the registration of the invited providers of successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner31
Introduction This document describes the methodology used to identify and evaluate successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner that will be collected within the context of the IMPADA project and are going to be used for the development of O3A2 Recommendations for adult learning providers to improve effectiveness towards the disadvantaged learner.
The purpose of the research methodology is: To guide the practices collection activities of Partners, in their efforts to gather good practices on successful measures adopted by European adult learning providers, to improve their effectiveness on the disadvantaged learner. To specify the criteria for identifying the best among the collected ones.
Collection of practices will follow a survey format to be promoted by all IMPADA partners to relevant stakeholders of their network, such as managing and training staff of adult learning providers, associations of providers, field experts. The methodology will contribute towards: Revealing the objectives for the reporting and the benefits of sharing the practices. Illustrating successful practices definitions. Pointing out the parameters, metrics and issues on successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner in the European Adult Education Providers. Providing IMPADA Partners the necessary guidelines and practical material for the reporting, monitoring and coordination of the collection of the successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner. Identifying the actions that the IMPADA partners should undertake for the collection of successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner.
Under this premise, successful adult education practices on the disadvantaged learner should be reviewed within a specific evaluation scheme in terms of their effectiveness, applicability and transferability. The proposed methodology also:
a) defines certain evaluation fields and criteria (i.e. impact, previous evaluations, challenges encountered in implementation, extent of integration throughout the organisation, and transferability), and
b) sets score thresholds and weights in order to ensure a minimum quality level and results, graded according to the weighted significance of each evaluation field. (N.B. This evaluation / ranking process should be used in order to filter case studies that are going to be included in O3A2 Recommendations for adult learning providers to improve effectiveness towards disadvantaged learner.
Basic definitions and questions to exploreA practice is defined as a procedure or a technique that has been tried and shown to work (whether fully or in part but with at least some evidence of effectiveness), and that may have implications for practice at any level elsewhere. In these contexts, three possible levels of practice stem:
Promising practices have been used for a certain period of time by an organization in order to better perform its tasks and to increase its productivity. The promising practices have not proven their transferability to different geographic or thematic areas, nor to be successful according to any result indicators. Demonstrated practices have proven to be successful for the organization where they have been applied. The success of the practices is confirmed through some result indicators, but it is not demonstrated how and to which area these practices can be transferred. Replicated practices have the potential under certain circumstances and conditions to be transferred and successfully adopted to a different geographic or thematic area. The following set of criteria should indicate whether a practice is a good practice: Effective and successful: A good practice has proven its strategic relevance as the most effective way in achieving a specific objective; it has been successfully adopted and has had a positive impact on individuals and/or communities. Economically and socially sustainable: A good practice meets current needs, in particular the essential needs of the disadvantaged, without compromising the ability to address future needs. Gender sensitive: A description of the practice must show how actors (men and women), involved in the process, were able to improve their livelihoods. Technically feasible: Technical feasibility is the basis of a good practice. It is easy to learn and to implement. Inherently participatory: Participatory approaches are essential as they support a joint sense of ownership of decisions and actions. Replicable and adaptable: A good practice should have the potential for replication and should therefore be adaptable to similar objectives in varying situations. Reducing disaster/crisis risks, if applicable: A good practice contributes to disaster/crisis risks reduction for resilience.
Within the IMPADA project, a good practice refers to a successful adult education practice for the disadvantaged learner that has been tried by a European Adult Education Provider and has proved to solve most effectively a problem in the organization.Considering the aforementioned definitions several questions are arising, such as: Why should the practices be collected? Which are the benefits from sharing the practices? Who are the stakeholders of successful adult education practices for disadvantaged learner? Which is the population to be investigated? How is the sample defined and how it will be reached? How the sample will be motivated for the reporting of successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner, and which are the benefits from this motivation? Which are the factors and the elements that they should be explored and revealed from the reporting of practices? How the requested data will be collected? How will they be analysed? What actions and tasks should each IMPADA partner undertake in order to achieve the desired results?This document aims to guide the practices collection activities of partners, and to specify the criteria for identifying the best among those collected, by providing the answers to the above questions and thus, ensuring the collection of the successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner with response to the needs and requirements of the IMPADA project. Purposes and activitiesWhy collect the practices? The aims of the collection of successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner by adult education providers in the Partnership countries are: To identify the success factors and the criteria under which successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner are assessed as good practices. Acquiring knowledge on specific relevant issues and assuring homogeneity and comparability of the gathered practices for the identification of the key success factors and the transferability potential of the collected evidence. To provide input for the development of IMPADA O3A2 Recommendations for improvements on effectiveness of adult education for disadvantaged learner. To contribute to the catalogue of successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner. To disseminate established successful adult education practices for the disadvantaged learner.In this context adult learning providers in need of greater improvements will gain insight on practices of others with greater e