The aim of this workpackage is to ensure successful implementation of the project with active participation of all partners in line with the financial and administrative rules determined by the Executive Agency. Throughout this work package a key component of the work envisaged will be the development and maintenance of a strong and sustainable partnership between the partners organizations.
This work package will establish the project quality plan and a monitoring and evaluation methodology necessary to ensure that the outputs and impact of the project are realised.
The project evaluation will address the aspects of what is to be achieved in the project, how this is being achieved, what outputs result from this process and the project, what effects do these outputs have on the target groups and what implications this has for other activities. Terms of Reference for Evaluation will be agreed between Partners in the first months of the project. The evaluation will look at products, processes and impact of the products on target groups.
The aim of this workpackage is to analyse the social and personal needs of older people and map them to appropriate Web 2.0 tools that can add value and to relevant training methods that proved to work well in the delivery of training to senior citizens. Therefore, the methodology in this workpackage is the reverse of existing approaches to design of ICT training for older people, where ICT tools are chosen first and are linked to senior citizens needs at a later stage. Research will involve target users - senior citizens and adult educators who will form Advisory Groups to the project and will be engaged in the research and dissemination activities within the project.
This workpackage will take the findings from the research phase and utilise them in the development of very specific and tangible outcomes. Combination of knowledge acquired on the social and personal needs of seniors, the recent technological development of Web 2.0 technologies and the reflection on existing teaching methodologies will result in production of a Roadmap on Social Computing by Senior Citizens. This product will provide guidelines and pathways for trainers and adult education providers on incorporating Web 2.0 technologies into teaching and general services for older people. The Roadmap will explain how, when and where different learning scenarios e.g. international learning, peer-to-peer learning, distance learning would bring an added value to the experience of older learner.
WP5 PILOT TESTING
The aim of this workpackage is to pilot test the tools and materials developed in Workpackage 4 namely: Roadmap, Learner Tools and Trainer Toolkit with a group of 250 senior citizens and 30 trainers in Ireland, Italy, Hugary and UK and evaluate their effectiveness and impact.
This aim of this workpackage is to analyse the feedback from the test group and incorporate into the design of final products.
Experience from the pilot testing will validate the Roadmap on Social Computing of Senior Citizens, and the content will be adjusted here necessary before the final translation and publication. Feedback from the pilot groups of senior citizens and trainers will be incorporated into the final versions of the products. Final content and design modifications will be made.
The aim of this workpackage is to inform relevant target groups, stakeholders and general public about the project, its objectives and results.
Dissemination will make a part of a comprehensive valorisation strategy agreed with partners during the first months of the project. This document will list the groups that will be addressed, channels and mechanism for promotion, dissemination and exploitation of the project results. Dissemination will be addressed at different levels:
- within partner organisation – informing staff through the internal communication systems (organisational websites, newsletters, blogs, forums) about the project
- outside partner organisation – informing education and training providers, senior citizens organisations, community centres, social, health and care services departments.
This workpackage aims at distributing results to the various end-users and stakeholders, and ensuring that others can exploit the project’s output, adopt and/or apply the results to other programmes and initiatives.
Exploitation activities will begin once project results become available. Detailed exploitation activities will be described in the valorisation strategy outlined in Workpackage 7 and agreed with partners. The following factors will be analysed: establishing stability in relationships and contacts,finding institutions willing to take over parts of the work,integrating in (local) policy, adapt for quality & transferability, finding new funding and/or commercialise outcomes or services.