A group of researchers from Finland, Sweden and Denmark has conducted a study on quality in the validation process. The researchers have started from a model for quality assurance in validation developed by NVL's expert network for validation in 2013. The researchers have studied the model's usefulness by letting three education providers in the Nordic countries participate in an interactive research process in 2016 and 2017
The results in the report show that the model works to point out strategically important parts and phases in the validation process from a quality assurance perspective. The researchers can see that the model's broad approach has been useful in identifying development areas in all participating education providers, regardless of country and difference in organization.
The Nordic network on validation of prior learning released a set of web-based tools in December 2020. The Nordic Quality Compass tools are based on the work carried out earlier (2011–2016) by the network.
The tools can now be fully operated online with a possibility of creating a personal account and development plans. The set of tools consist of two tools for system and procedure evaluation purposes and three tools for practitioners (assessors, counsellors, and coordinators) for self-assessment purposes.
→ The tools are available for free at https://qualitycompass.eu.
The Policy Brief is published 8 th of February 2021 by the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) that refer to the Nordic Council of Ministers .
The Policy Brief highlights ten years of the validation network's development work around the issue of quality in validation of prior learning, including the most recent web-based set of evaluation tools for policy makers as well as practitioners. It also takes a look at the current situation in the Nordic region, pinpointing the most prevalent strengths, weaknesses, opportunities as well as threats in terms of validation. The network has laid out a set of practical recommendations for future action, including expanding high-quality validation practices from formal learning towards working life and non-formal and informal settings.
The Interreg program for the entire Baltic Sea region focuses on the development of the macro-region around the Baltic Sea, which includes a total of 11 countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Germany.
The program invests approximately two billion kroner from the EU in the period 2014-20 to make the region around the Baltic Sea more innovative, accessible and sustainable.
Local, regional and national authorities, research and educational institutions, NGOs and sector-specific organizations can participate in activities. Partners from Denmark can receive 75 percent co-financing from the EU.
For more information, see the program's website here!
Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2021 - 2027
Good news: transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea region will continue in the EU funding period 2021-2027. The EU Member States are currently negotiating the draft legislative basis for the future Cohesion Policy including Interreg. Information on the latest state of EU level negotiations about the future legal framework and the budget of Cohesion Policy including Interreg
you will find on the website of the European Commission.
Work is ongoing to design the next North Sea Region Program, expected to be launched during 2021. The new program will underpin core EU policies such as the EU Green Deal and propel the region towards a greener, smarter, and more liveable place.
The work is based on the EU regulations specifying the priorities and framework for the next Interreg programme period 2021-20217.
The programme will be open for organizations from the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
For more information, see the website of the program here!
The program Interreg Germany-Danmark promotes cross-border cooperation between Germany and Denmark. The current program (2014 - 2020) is the fifth generation of Interreg (Interreg 5A) and unites the two former German-Danish cross-border Interreg regions (Fehmarnbeltregion and Syddanmark-Schleswig-KERN).
Interreg aims at enhancing cross-border collaboration by funding German-Danish projects in four focused subject areas that are essential to the region. The program is funded with 90 mio. € by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Behind Interreg Deutschland-Danmark stand 11 program partners from Denmark and Germany - two Danish regions and nine German districts and cities from Schleswig-Holstein. In total, 3.6 million people are living in the program region. Therefore, it is important that the region is continuously developing and creating opportunities for its citizens.
Interreg fosters the growth of the region in the areas of economics, employment, education, tourism and culture by funding cross-border innovative projects that want to create positive change for the German-Danish cooperation. Like about 70 other Interreg programmes around Europe we believe that through constant development and integration the national border will no longer be a barrier but accomplish mutual enrichment.
For more information, see the website of the program here.
The Interreg South Baltic Program at aims unlocking South Baltic's potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors from Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.
Building on the maritime character of the Program, “blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea for growth and jobs across the shores of the South Baltic. At the same time, "green growth" underlines the need to pursue the path of economic growth in balance with the environment, in particular by utilizing South Baltic's rich natural and cultural heritage in a sustainable and preserving manner.
For more information, see the program site here!
One of the possibilities of finding international partners is joining European networks working in the field of interests of your organisation. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is a research institute and documentation centre, based in Brussels.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.
The UIA serves two main purposes: to maintain and provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on international associations, their activities and concerns, and their meetings activities; and to support and facilitate the work of international associations through training and networking opportunities.
The UIA is best known for the:
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One of the possibilities of finding international partners is joining European networks working in the field of interests of your organisation. The World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) is an international nonprofit, nongovernmental organisation promoting the cooperation between societies of Friends of museums throughout the world, in order to enhance the value of museums and encourage the safeguard of our cultural heritage.
Friends and volunteers of museums pursue noble objectives in cultural development. They bring to museums their support, their knowledge, their experience and their competence. In so doing, they contribute to the advancement both of museums and of museology. Their commitment is the voluntary expression of a solidarity that actively engages their role as citizens in the community.
As members of the museum community, and at the heart of the museum’s public, friends and volunteers constitute a privileged audience, able to represent the public’s interests to the best advantage of museum institutions.Visit the Join page to find out about how to join WFFM
One of the possibilities of finding international partners is joining European networks working in the field of interests of your organisation. The European Network of Cultural Centers (ENCC) unites local, regional and national networks across the European Union. The ENCC is a community of 54 members that represents over 5,000 cultural centers from at least 24 countries. All ENCC members are active in the cultural field and share the same values: cultural equality - interculturalism - cultural democratisation - active citizenship through participation in cultural activities. By joining the ENCC, they are all willing to network as well as to exchange information, knowledge and best practices with the other members. ENCC priority is to empower the more than 5,000 cultural centers that it represents, as well as their communities through actions linked to capacity building, networking and advocacy.
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