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Exploring heights of Quality (of Youth in Action programme)

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- to share the understanding of quality aspects within projects of the programme Youth in Action
- to refelct on practical examples how the quality can be ensure during Youth in Action projects

Description of the tool

Assessment of the quality of projects

1. The groups is divided into 5 smaller groups, which are becoming “mountain climbers” because all 5 Quality criteria are on different mountain peaks (these are areas in plenary with the small path to every mountain and also the image of the mountain and the place for writing).
2. There are 5 mountains which has name associated with one of the quality criteria. When coming to the mountain, there is a flipchart paper with two columns and every column has a specific statement helping to identify what kind of activities are making the project quality and what makes the quality decreasing.
3. Every group at the beginning goes to different peaks and each 7 minutes are shifting clockwise to the other mountain-quality criterion
4. Here are the names of mountains, quality criteria and statements:

Mountain “Mont Programc”
Programme and working methods
The programme and working methods are appropriate and efficient if…
The programme and working methods are not adequate and low quality if…

Mountain “Learningalius”
Learning objectives – Educational aspect of the project
There is strong non-formal educational process in the project if ….
The non-formal learning is not happening during the project if…

Mountain “Impacterest”
Long – term Impact for participants and the community
The long – term impact for participants and the local community can be done if…
There is no any longer term impact neither for participants or community if…

Mountain “Visibilinjaro”
Visibility of the project and the Youth in Action programme
The visibility of the project and the Youth in Action could be guaranteed if you implementing activities like…
Nobody from community will understand the project and will not know anything about the programme Youth in Action if…

Mountain “El valorisatio”
Valorisation (showing and using the value of the project) and follow-up of the project
When the project’s activity is over, it is possible to show and also use (transfer) the good practice of the project by such activities like…
The follow-up and transfer of good practice of the project will not happen if…

After the mountain climbing is finished, every group coming back to their mountain. They are reading all the things written by others and preparing brief presentation, that were left by all mountain climbers by creating a human sculpture, representing what is that quality criterion and what is not (plus bringing the sheet of paper, which was filled).
At the end, the team of trainers could give a feedback or additional information regarding the quality criteria of projects supported by Youth in Action programme.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

15 - 25

and addresses

YOUTH in ACTION (YiA) programme

Materials needed:

5 flipchart papers, pens and markers for writing on every “mountain”, pictures and names of the mountains, handouts about the quality demands in the Youth in Action programme (from Programme's guide)


90 minutes

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Laimonas Ragauskas (on 11 May 2007)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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