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1. Organisation of the project

The DeSqual project consortium consists of three types of partners:

Expert organizations who have expertise and experiences in developing training programs for contributing to quality awareness, individual quality behaviour and quality culture.

VET-providers (pilots) who want to create and work on the establishment of sustainable quality development through enhancing quality culture, quality awareness and quality behaviour.

An external evaluator who carried out the evaluation of the project and the effect of the training program (Disworks).

A group agreement (consensus) was made at the start of the project defining: roles, ways of working, objectives, tasks and activities for each partner and for the project as a whole. The aim was to achieve a smooth running project and to reach results for stakeholders in each country; for all partners of the project and for all interested providers of vocational education/rehabilitation in Europe.

An external evaluator monitored the process and the results.

2. Needs Assessment

The key quality expert has identified and determined working definitions and Key Success Factors (KSFs) for the concepts quality awareness, individual quality behaviour and quality culture. Based on the definitions and KSFs the expert identified measures to influence quality awareness, quality behaviour and quality culture. These measures are the main input for designing the needs assessment. Experiences of expert partners (APQ, SINASE and eQual) and of other LLL projects (i.e. NLQAVET) in promoting and enhancing quality culture, quality awareness and quality behaviour were used in designing the needs assessment. A self-evaluation instrument for needs assessment in the 10 pilot sites was developed and carried out. The results of the needs assessment was input for the training program and the modules used at the pilot sites.

3. Training program

Based on the results of the needs assessment in pilot sites, a training program was made. In the development of the modular program the following issues were addressed: identifying overall aims and tangible objectives of the curriculum; identifying methods/techniques which may be applied for influencing awareness, behaviour and change in culture; identifying types of intervention and designing an interrelated modular program for VET-providers.

To implement the modular program at pilot sites, expert partners and the key quality expert designed a 5 days Train the Trainers program for the quality consultants that carried out the modular program at their own organisation. Each pilot site selected a few modules from the program to address it’s specific needs. In that way the program was tailored to the pilot sites.

4. The Pilots

Each pilot carried out the parts of the modular program that were indicated based on the needs assessment.

For this they made a Innovative action Plan. At the start of this plan the quality culture at the pilot sites was measured with the EQUASS Quality Culture Scan.

At the end of the project the pilot sites used the scan again to see if they made improvements.

5. Translations

The training program of the DeSqual project was translated by the pilot sites in their national language. Based on the results of the Needs assessment and on the innovative action plans, the pilots used parts of the program tailorded to their needs. The used materials were translated into the national language of the pilots. When you want to have more detailed information about the translations, don't hesitate to ask for the available documents in your language.

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