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The study aims to contribute to the overall objectives of impact studies related to the Comenius Programme, i.e. to contribute to:

  • assessing the impact of the Comenius Programme on school education in Europe;
  • identifying obstacles and opportunities to increase the effectiveness of the Comenius Programme;
  • the final evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013).

 To this end, the following specific objectives have been set by the European Commission:

  • To assess the impact of the Comenius centralised actions on:
    • the institutional development of the participating/benefiting organisations at local, regional and/or national level, with special attention to the pedagogic development of schools and teacher training centres;
    • the professional development of the participating/benefiting individuals;
    • school systems.
  • To analyse in which way Comenius centralised actions influence teaching, learning, teacher training, and classroom management and education policies.
  • To compare the results of the above analysis with the results of other impact studies that may become in the course of this study, and especially of the ongoing study of Comenius School Partnerships. This comparison will provide insights into similarities and differences of impact between the two main Comenius centralised actions, i.e. Multilateral Projects and Networks, and Comenius School Partnerships.

Further, the expected results of this study as specified by the European Commission imply the following additional specific objectives:

  • To analyse the impact of Multilateral Projects and Multilateral networks on the basis of an appropriately designed sample of sixty or more participating consortia.
  • Το evaluate the European dimension of the two Comenius centralised actions, including an evaluation of how cooperation at European level has contributed to the implementation of projects and to the achievement of projects’ objectives, as well as to increasing the internationalisation of the participating institutions, and particularly of teacher training institutes and schools.
  • To provide an overview of the involvement of the different types of organisations and institutions, including those not in themselves educational, in Multilateral Project and Multilateral Network activities, providing in particular insights into the typical structure of consortia, the types of organisations involved, whether the usual structure is suitable for the objectives of the respective action, how schools are involved and whether their interests are taken into account.
  • To identify enablers but also obstacles, including administrative procedures, to the successful implementation of Comenius Multilateral Projects and Comenius Multilateral Networks.
  • To produce a multimedia inventory of the analysed Comenius Multilateral Projects and Multilateral Networks, which will provide a detailed description and analysis of project activities and results. The inventory must be done in such a way as to allow consultation per thematic areas, geographical distribution, types of activities carried out and types of organisations involved.
  • Based on all findings of the study, to give recommendations on possible improvements to the actions, so as to help the European Commission improve the way the actions will be managed under the future European education programme.

As far as the exact aspects of impact to be examined are concerned, the European Commission has further defined the objectives per action as follows:

For Multilateral Projects:

  • To analyse the impact of Multilateral Projects on teaching methods and material, on pedagogical strategies for use in the classroom, on the development of materials to be used by pupils, and on curricula for the initial or in-service training of teachers or other categories of school education staff.
  • To analyse how the action has contributed to develop a framework for the mobility of student teachers, teachers and other staff and how the activities carried out in mobility have been recognised.
  • To assess how the implemented projects have succeeded in disseminating the training material to the wider audience, in particular through ICT.
  • To assess how the exchange of experience has been managed within the projects and how this has had an impact on the participating organisations/ institutions.
  • To asses the integration of ICT and new media in the projects and identify any innovative use.

 And for Multilateral Networks:

  • To analyse the impact of Multilateral Networks on strengthening the networking of educational institutions and organisations and on enhancing the sustainability of their project by helping them consolidate the cooperation beyond the period of financial support by the Commission for their specific project.
  • To assess the extent to which the Networks have contributed to the promotion of European cooperation in their specific thematic areas of work.
  • To assess the extent to which the action has contributed to identifying and promoting innovation and best practice in the relevant thematic areas, and which kind of practical outcomes it has contributed to achieving (pedagogic material, teaching content, etc).
  • To analyse the impact of the action on strengthening the cooperation of already existing Comenius projects.
  • To assess the impact of the Networks' activities and results at policy level (through formulation of recommendations and reports on the status of innovation in the Networks' area of activity, if possible).