WP6 - Quality Assurance
Start date: Month 1 End date: Month 36
WP6 on quality control and assurance will ensure quality monitoring both on internal and external level to OI-Net network, and both at project and community levels. It will include Common European Curricula Framework and Terms of Reference design, defining the visions, strategies, actions and effects to partners..
WP Leader: P06 -EFMD - contact Christophe Terrasse
WP Support: P32 - Strategie en Organisatie - contact Arie Nagel
P01 - LUT
P05 - MAC-Team aisbl
P10 - University of Cyprus or EU association of Erasmus coordinators
P16 - Actif-Europe
P29 - CRP Henri Tudor
P33 - Fontys University of Applied Sciences
P38 - Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto
P39 - Transilvania University of Brasov
P49 - ISPIM
P50 - University of Exeter
Important part of the project work will be devoted to quality control and assurance comprising quality assurance and improvement cycle, planning, implementation, evaluation and assessment as well as review/revision. These steps are ensured by constant on-going evaluation of the results. Outcome Mapping methodology will be implemented (with the identification of Progress Markers depending on the various Boundary Partners of OI projects/cases) to support evidence building of the role of OI in HE in terms of impact towards the societal challenges. It will be re-used to support exploitation plan and recommendations to policy-makers to the HE governance.
The Quality Assurance work package will ensure quality monitoring both on internal and external level to OI-Net network, and both at project and community levels. It will include Common European Curricula Framework and Terms of Reference design, defining the visions, strategies, actions and effects to partners. This also includes the procedures aspect with record keeping from the performance, strategy and outcomes of the project.
- T6.1. Quality Assurance plan validation and management.
The OI-Net Quality Assurance plan will be a formal document (on-line updated). A first drafted version: the first month and presented to OI-Net members at the kick-off meeting. (see Deliverable D6.1).
- T6.2. Evaluation process
Managed in WP1-Management; the process will evaluate results/deliverables from the Implementation WPs 2-5 and from the WPs on Dissemination and Sustainability approaches. It includes room for embedded fixing/improvement mechanisms.
An external evaluation will be launched in the last year of the project (External expert outside OI-Net network to be sub-contracted by the Coordinator). The main purpose is to evaluate the key project results with the project workplan and to give a feedback to correct any potential problems before the end of the project and to reinforce the strength of the sustainability plan.
- T6.3. Outcome mapping monitoring
It will be implemented via WP7 and WP8 for the valorisation of outcomes and leveraging effects and it will be used as feedback mechanisms in the implementation WPs 2-5 within an iterative development process of outputs. This task will iteratively build with T4.3 on Indicators and progress markers for OI in HE.
- D6.1. OI-Net Quality Assurance Plan
- D6.2. OI-Net Quality Assurance Report
- D6.3. OI-Net Outcome Mapping architecture: in 2 parts (public and restricted)
- D6.4. OI-Net Outcome Mapping Reports and Dissemination elements (public and private parts)
Short introduction to Outcome Mapping and OI-Net
Numerous projects, especially on flexible topics involving social-medias ecosystems, soft skills and learning systems, capitalization of knowledge, co-opetitive environments, all including human cognition, skills, competencies, attitudes, knowledge management, emotion and behaviours; face difficulties to clearly demonstrate or prove impact of their interventions within the duration of the projects.
Outcome Mapping recognizes that development is essentially about people relating to each other and their environment. The originality of this approach lies in its shift away from assessing the products of a program to focus on changes in behaviour, relationships, actions, and activities in the people, groups, and organizations it works with directly.
In doing so, Outcome Mapping debunks many of the myths about measuring impact. It will help a program be specific about the actors it targets, the changes it expects to see, and the strategies it employs and, as a result, be more effective in terms of the results it achieves.
This aspect is seriously taken into consideration by the OI-Net network as there is a clear need for an "evidence building" process for the policy stakeholders, and even more, for the members of this community or practice. It is crucial to ensure sustainability of the OI-Net network and results, to ensure further exploitation of the results and take-up by the HEIs, and to enable the development of multiple open innovation training models. It will also clearly pave the way with evidences of the role and of HEIs in the knowledge triangle context with OI in HE.
In this multi-cultural and multi-objectives community starting with a high number of partners, OI-Net decided for a specific methodology mastered by several partners to monitor achievements towards expected impacts. It is based on "Outcome Mapping" which was developed by the International Development Research Centre as an answer to the difficulties faced in monitoring and evaluation processes of development programs (www.idrc.ca/en/ev-26586-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html), it enables:
- Demonstrate results
- Prove cause/effect relationships
- Measure & attribute impact
- Assess in depth: What about unintended results?
- Foster local ownership.
Outcome Mapping helps drive project and network results towards impact achievements by monitoring and piloting outcomes on the Boundary partners in the sphere of influence of OI-Net. Boundary partners are the individuals, groups, and organizations with whom the OI-Net project:
- Interacts directly to effect change
- Anticipates opportunities for influence
- Engages in mutual learning / exchanges / contributions. The stakeholders of the fundamental objectives to support OI as teaching discipline on its own, OI in HE and OI in the Knowledge triangle have been identified, these sub-categories of stakeholders will also be revised in the light of the WP2-WP5
- implements its outputs/results, which therefore generate some outcomes.
Progress markers for each of Boundary partners categories and communities will be defined. Corresponding information will be collected across WPs and used both ways: to monitor and pilot in iterative feedback mode the results of OI-Net in its sphere of control; and to leverage testimonies, evidence and to facilitate perception and transfer of ownership to target groups and actors.