About the I-Develop project
The aim of the project is to improve the quality of work with youth, during the implementation of EVS projects.
This target will be accomplish through the creation of facilitating tools, the implementation and realization of EVS projects (mobile application and its paper equivalent) in the context of quality management acquired as a result of mobility of the volunteer's competencies, monitoring and validation. The project is addressed to entities involved in the implementation of EVS projects (sending, hosting and coordinating organizations). Thanks to the created tools, the proponent intends to improve the quality of implemented EVS projects in such a way that the process of reflection on learning effects will be improved (also facilitating the fulfillment of Youthpass), standards of controlling the level, quality of competences acquired by the volunteer and their evaluation will be developed (both from the volunteer's side as well as from other involved entities). The aim is also to promote ICT tools in youth work.
The use of modern technologies and promotion of innovation, gives high results due to the desirability of the form towards the recipient (8/11/2016 - Eurasian conference as part of the D-SEE (e +) project, it was clearly indicated that ICT tools and games in work with youth have a much better chance of attracting interest than non-digital methods). At the same time, such tools are easily accessible due to the ease of transfer
The need for a tool, which would allow for controlling the quality of acquired competences and their assessment, as well as issues related to checking the preparation of a volunteer for mobility was one of the conclusions of the EVS-Yes4EVS quality management project implemented by the proponent. At the same time, members of this consortium systematically implement ICT tools (Open Learning Badges, Actionbound application). Common experiences as well as demand for such tools clearly indicate that ICT tools highly support the learning process.
Regarding the needs of the volunteers, the Yes4EVS project organizations and consortium members clearly notice a huge problem with validating competences using Youthpass - problems are reported, lack of understanding, the document is considered difficult, often volunteers fill it without reflection, typing phrases copied from friends. Often Youthpass is also presented at the very end of the project, volunteers unprepared to fill it, do it reluctantly. Thanks to the creation of a tool that will allow them to recognize and evaluate their learning effects on a regular basis - Youthpass will cease to be perceived as a difficult document, which the mentor forces to complete and the competences acquired could be objectively assessed (whether they are "hard" "to transfer them further, how they were / will be useful, what are the development areas, etc.).
The EVS card highlights the roles of hosting, sending and coordinating organizations as those, which have to support the volunteer's learning process. Therefore, the tool will be addressed to all these institutions. The purpose of the IO, apart from increasing the ease of recognizing, documenting and evaluating own competences, is also to improve the work with a volunteer from the organizations involved in EVS - it will be possible to control progress, check whether a volunteer, pre-departure training has been done, and in what activities he actually participated ( it will be visible to each of the mentioned institutions).
Due to the experience of cooperation with countries with areas, which have a difficult access to modern technologies, primarily the Internet, the consortium also decided to develop the Learning Diary- a paper equivalent of a mobile application, serving similar purposes, aimed primarily at volunteers working in the described places (for instance Nepal , India, Vietnam - the proponent has experience in working in these areas). Except for two tools above, the consortium will develop a training module with necessary materials to disseminate the described products and increase knowledge about key aspects of EVS (evaluation – essentially specific tools, learning process, types of competences, roles of involved entities, minimum standards , Youthpass).
Monitoring the competences of the EVS volunteer, as well as the need to assess their quality and prepare the volunteer for work, are the key consortium and urgent needs that will significantly affect the quality of the implemented projects, the commitment and volunteers awareness of learning.
The project provides for reviewing and testing IO on target groups to ensure their adequacy to the actually reported needs in such a way that these will help volunteers and entities involved in EVS at work.