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Intellectual Outputs

Here we will share our partnership intellectual outputs - our achievements, learning and results. This section demonstrates and provides evidence of the intellectual outputs we have undertaken in our partnership work plan and the goals we have achieved. It will also highlight any new learning and or added value outputs, outcomes and deliverables.

Intellectual Output 1(IO1)

IO1 - 1 September 2015 to 29 February 2016

An adapted Net-Working for Quality Assurance model relevant for the wider VET journey, across a variety of case studies and across partner countries.

IO1 - Aims

To develop a well-researched and relevant model of Interagency working focused on Quality issues (Quality Culture and Quality Assurance), which is based on the previously developed NQA model and which supports EQAVET. It aims to be relevant to a range of VET journeys which will be defined as part of this Output and inclusive of all relevant stakeholders. The target group will include Learners (particularly those most vulnerable during various stages and at transition points in the VET journey), and all relevant stakeholders at both local provision and regional/national policy levels.

IO1 - Key Tasks & Activities

  • Establish the VET journey in partner countries and at an EU level – define the VET journey
  • Agree case studies to be piloted (Young people, older workers, Apprenticeships, Unemployed, work based traineeships etc.)
  • Introduce the NQA model and inform partnership of its implementation, challenges, outcomes and future direction. Partners from the original NQA project (3) will present their experiences particularly in terms of the real challenges encountered, the learning gained and how this can inform the current project.
  • Finalise elements to be transferred (Resource manual, Interagency meeting content, training etc.), identify elements which are scalable and identify new areas for development
  • Conduct research in each partner country relevant to the project definition of the VET journey (Guidance, VET provision and upskilling/training in the workplace) and produce a report outlining the baseline situation across the partnership for the project.
  • Inform the development of the interagency model in terms of Quality Assurance and Quality Culture across the VET journey. Conduct research in partner countries and at EU level into QA (in guidance, VET and workplace learning), the implementation of EQAVET in partner countries and the existence of Quality Culture within the stakeholder organisations relevant to the VET journey.
  • Examine a model developed by the European University Association in their 'Examining Quality Culture in European Higher Education Institutions' (Loukkola & Zhang, 2010) and explore its appropriateness for the VET sector. This model proposes Structural-formal elements and Organisational -psychological elements (both collective and individual). This model could be used to inform the further development of the NQA Training (O5)
  • Develop an NQCA interagency model to be implemented across the partnership using a bottom up and top down approach, which is informed by the research conducted for this Output

IO1 - Results Achieved

  • A Report that draws together the research conducted by each partner which defines the VET Journey
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Culture in the VET journey, NQA Elements to be transferred and the NQCA Model for Implementation.
  • An Executive Summary of the Report in Italian, Finnish, German and Hungarian

IO1 - Demonstrating Results

Intellectual Output 2(IO2)

IO2 - 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016

NQA: A Quality Label

IO2 - Aims

To develop the Net-Working for Quality Assurance (NQA) brand into a quality label, launch and establish it in each partner country so that it is recognisable as associated with Quality and Interagency working. The brand should be recognised by national systems.

IO2 - Key Tasks & Activities

  • Research in Partner countries on the status of Quality Assurance and the implementation and visibility of EQAVET (all partners)
  • Development of links between the project and with EQAVET reference points in each country (all partners)
  • Develop NQA as a brand representing Quality Assurance and Interagency approaches in each partner country (all partners)
  • Design and develop an online presence to create awareness of QA across the VET journey, at all levels, and a space where stakeholders can register their commitment to Quality and Interagency working, and where they can gain further information about how the NQCA approach could operate within their own area.
  • Develop relevant and appropriate content which will create an enthusiasm for the development of quality cultures leading to continuous improvement and QA in VET (GEMS NI, supported by all partners).
  • Design and develop four newsletters which will be available for download from the website
  • Create a dissemination strategy which will optimise the spreading of learning across the VET sector and across the VET journey and which will highlight the NQA quality label and its significance.
  • Conduct research in each partner country relevant to the project definition of the VET journey (Guidance, VET provision and upskilling/training in the workplace) and produce a report outlining the baseline situation across the partnership for the project.

IO2 - Results Achieved

  • A Report that draws together the research conducted by each partner which defines the VET Journey Quality Assurance and Quality Culture in the VET journey, NQA Elements to be transferred and the NQCA Model for Implementation.
  • An Executive Summary of the Report in Italian, Finnish, German and Hungarian

IO2 - Demonstrating Results

  • The Quality Label was formally launched 4th December 2015 in Dublin Ireland
  • The www.nqca.eu website went live in February 2016 and was launched in a periscope broadcast from the project twitter account @NQCA_Info
  • All partners are working to raise awareness of the quality label locally, regionally and nationally – this will be ongoing during the project lifetime
  • Connected2 Spring 2016 has been published with the Summer 2016 newsletter due in June 2016