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Project

Framework

The 3rd Sector, Social Economy or Not for Profit Organisation have an increasingly important role and visibility in people’s and communities’ lives. This happens because of the changes in public policies (transference of competences from the State to these organisations), the economic crisis, unemployment raise, poverty, and the consequent need to provide more support in different areas.

The fact that many of these organisations were born in contexts of “solidarity”, “good will”, “charity” and support to specific communities, coupled with the fact that they have had a great growth in the last years, has created new and great challenges, among which we highlight the following three:

  • high dependence from State financial support, which tends to be shorter and shorter;
  • need to respect mandatory criteria and rules imposed by the State, as a condition to maintain public support, in areas like staff training, quality and safety systems, certification and accountability;
  • and need to be sustainable and economically efficient in a context of economic crisis, with high probability of seeing reduced public support, increase and diversification of social problems and need create new answers and balance out incomes and expenses.

These challenges create the need for new spaces of collaboration, learning and sharing, making essential to develop networking and promote an European framework of discussion about the theme. Social innovation arises from the contact and collaboration between different partners, working in indifferent contexts, facing a wide range of problems and experiencing a variety of practices and solutions.

The project Q3.eu will identify and exchange 3rd Sector qualification experiences at an European level, involving partners whose experience may create an added-value towards the deepness and improvement of 3rd Sector qualification activities. Main discussion topics will be: conceptual and legal frameworks, financing and training models, successful practices, evaluation methods, competences recognition and other major results, generating a new cycle of creativity, learning, networking and innovation.

 


 

Objectives

The project main objective is to identify and exchange 3rd Sector qualification experiences at an European level, involving partners who's experience may create an added-value towards the deepness and improvement of 3rd Sector qualification activities.

- OBJECTIVE 1: Share 3rd Sector qualification experiences, debating conceptual and legal framework, financing and training models, successful practices, evaluation methods, competences recognition and other major results.

- OBJECTIVE 2: Identify innovative solutions and practices for management and working models problems in 3rd Sector organisations and perspective their possible integration as 3rd Sector qualification tools.

- OBJECTIVE 3: Define joint training and consultancy standards, in result of partnership experience/results integration.

- OBJECTIVE 4: Propose new European project proposals. o OBJECTIVE 5: Create and enlarge the network of European partners, as a resource for these and other European partnership projects

 


 

Steps

* STEP 1.1-Get to know all partners organisations, contexts and activities, specially those related with 3rd Sector organisation qualification

* STEP 1.2-Get to know, gather and share documentation about each country “state-of-the-art” o STEP 2: Define the networking tools to be used for communication and collaborative work, monitor and update it’s use according to partners evaluation results.

* STEP 3: Establish a dissemination plan

* STEP 4: Share information and debate the major topics of discussion: conceptual and legal framework, financing and training models, successful practices, evaluation methods, competences recognition and other major results

* STEP 5: Search European programmes that can support the development of new tools and new training and consultancy courses for 3rd Sector Qualification and elaborate a sequence project plan

* STEP 6: Map, characterize, classify and integrate innovative solutions and practices for management and working models problems in 3rd Sector organisations, creating a typology of new tools for 3rd sector qualification

* STEP 7: Map, characterize, classify and integrate 3rd sector training and consultancy experiences, defining joint standards

* STEP 8: Create a network of European partners committed with 3rd Sector qualification, by establishing a cooperation protoco