AER-V SDDP of the International Facilitators Training School 2022
This report has been developed in the context of the AER-V-Recommendations for international project managers competences recognition and validation for lifelong learning Erasmus+ project (Contract Number 2019-1-PL01-KA204-065677). The goal of the project was to come up with recommendations as to how to recognize and validate knowledge, skills and competences of international project managers active in Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the adult education sector, acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning.
What would you consider as useful characteristics of a validation system for the EU projects' managers?
In response to the TQ, the 24 participants came up with 46 ideas, which were categorized into 13 clusters.
Following the voting process, 25 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.
The following ideas received the most votes:
- 8: (9 Votes) Simplicity-easy to understand and measure
- 9: (9 Votes) Clear definitions/understandings of competences, skills and experiences
- 14: (9 Votes) Flexibility that considers diversity of the civil society sector
- 15: (8 Votes) Recognition of formal, non-formal and informal knowledge
- 16: (8 Votes) Taking into account work experience in various areas
- 6: (6 Votes) Taking into account the complexity of the individual personality
- 17: (6 Votes) Evidence-based to achieve a recognised status in European Union
- 2: (5 Votes) Not only theoretical but also practical
- 26: (4 Votes) Validation through transparent procedures
Level 1 = [8, 6, 16, 17]
Level 2 = 
Level 3 = [26, 2, 14]
Level 4 = 
The structuring process was continued in a smaller group at the online, follow-up co-laboratory workshop that took place on the 8th of July 2022. The analysis of influence was made, also adding the ideas that received 3 and 2 votes. As an effect, the factors on the map were structured on 7 levels:
Level 1 = [16, 6, 17, 1, 23]
Level 2 = [8, 15, 40]
Level 3 = [26, 7]
Level 4 = 
Level 5 = [14, 2]
Level 6 = 
Level 7 = 
According to this map, the most influential idea that, according to the collective wisdom of the participants, needs to be addressed with priority is:
Idea 24: The dimension of mission and purpose is crucial Clarification: The wanted validation system is not for project management in general, but more specific for project management in a civil society (3rd sector), where the value-driven approach is essential both for the NGOs and their volunteers, contrary to the project management in the market area (2nd sector) where the economic rationality of profit is essential; and the public area (1st sector), where the bureaucratic rationality is essential. Even though many of the needed technical skills may be the same in the three sectors, the leadership competences in the third sector may need a more clear focus on the purpose and meaning of the activities, and the strategic competences may be aware of the importance of the content-related mission and purpose as the main driver to engage and motivate the volunteers who are active not as employees but as active citizens.
The participants had time to discuss and reflect on the influence map and, in general agreed that the arrows in the map made sense to them. In sum, the participants reported their satisfaction that their voices had been heard and documented and communicated their expectations for follow-up activities to address the diagnosis of their needs.