FIELD VISIT FOR THE EVALUATION THE PROJECT “ELBA”

A field visit to Greece was held during the 10th and the 13th of February, by Mrs Silva Ferretti, in order to help evaluate the ELBA program. These were three rich days, full of interesting and creative ideas, but also reflection. In addition to evaluating the key components of the program, this field visit was intended to function as an educational tool for communication and learning, from the past two ELBA projects, as well as an opportunity for reflection on our vision about the development of the program in the future.

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The evaluation deliverables will include:

A Blog: The blog will document the work done in each and every country. In each country, different experiences will be highlighted. The blog will include a summary of the country’s discussions, videos and photos, and some specific findings about the work accomplished.

A Summary of Committee Members’ Findings. This will highlight the perceptions of the project (management, co-operation, etc.) for a better understanding of the regional cooperation.

A Brief Update from the Field Observation. The evaluation will not be presented in the form of a long report. Specific case study information will be documented on the blog. A short field report (maximum of 5 pages) will then integrate the key findings from the evaluation (e.g. what models of social enterprise work are emerging? How effective has Caritas been in supporting them?)

Presentation of the ELBA meeting in Rome. The final ELBA meeting in Rome will take place on 28th February. A two-hour slot will be used to discuss the findings of the evaluation. This will include the presentation of evaluation highlights and space for participatory discussion of participants.

BLOG CREATION

Part of the evaluation process is the relevant blog created and which documents the work done in each country and can be accessed at the following address:

https://learningfromelba.wordpress.com/

For each country, different positions will be published on the blog, highlighting the findings from interaction with the various stakeholders. The blog will also include a summary of the discussions that have taken place, along with videos, photos and other specific findings about each project. It will eventually be used as an interactive tool, and as such, it will constitute a valuable resource for the project.

The blog presents real-time data, while the notes are used and shared in calendar form. The usefulness of the blog resides in that it:

  • Allows stakeholders to follow the evolution of the evaluation through testimonies, interaction, ideas and achievements, as they are presented day after day. Browsing a calendar is different from looking at a report. It helps to participate, to highlight the particular elements and ideas that arise, proving that many elements can be captured more effectively, along with the daily work being done.
  • Indicates the ability to link “critical analysis” and communication. Frequently, a project’s communication is often limited to meetings, reports, scattered emails. None of them is really effective in harvesting learning and monitoring progress, in ways that are interesting. Using a blog (and the accompanied tools associated with it) can demonstrate and test different ways for effective communication of practices.
  • Helps in the creation of a collaborative platform. The evaluation aims to be facilitative and participatory in its nature and to create a space for the exchange of evidence for the discussion and not only to “present the findings of the evaluator”.
  • Creates a culture of collecting and learning evidence. The blog will share information, evidence and ideas that remain very often in the reviewers’ notebooks. However, it is very important to correctly document the project, its history, achievements and to create a stable platform for accountability and strategic thinking.

For more information on ELBA you can visit the updated webpage of the project at the following address:

https://elbaproject17.wixsite.com/elba-social-economy