According to the aims, the following work packages have been agreed and realized:
- Project Management
- Quality Assurance
- Sharing the results of former projects and summarizing key issues
- Transfer and adaptation of results to German context
- Transfer and adaptation of results to Estonian context
- Transfer and adaptation of results to Romanian context
- Formulating recommendations and writing guidelines
- Cooperation, Assurance of Sustainability and Dissemination
The work packages “Project Management” and “Quality Assurance„ were implemented during the whole lifespan of the project. Together, they built and guaranteed the organizational framework which assures the successful implementation of the project.
It was one of the central responsibilities of the project management to assure well-functioning, regular communication between the project partners. Different communication instruments, such as telephone, e-mail and Skype conferences, were used to assure the regular exchange of information and the mutual update on the status of project implementation.
The approach and strategy of the project were reflected in the work plan:
In the beginning, the project partners focused on sharing the results of former projects. By discussing experiences and presenting the available documents, the partners learned from one another and developed a reliable basis of common knowledge for the transfer to the local and institutional contexts.
Work Packages 4, 5 and 6 provided the necessary timeframe for the transfer and adaptation of the shared results to the local and institutional contexts. In each of the participating countries, national working groups were formed, which each represent the two national project partners. Where possible, further stakeholders were involved in the processes of adaptation and transfer, in order to assure a high acceptance of the project results. Furthermore, the partners used these work packages to pilot the implementation of the adapted methodologies at their institutions.
In work package 7 the partners tested the newly developed methodologies and, where possible, were able to improve them. The work package leader provided a detailed plan for the testing period, depending on the results of the work packages 4, 5 and 6, and formulated criteria and indicators for the evaluation of the tested methodologies. He worked in close cooperation with the external evaluator.
The results of the testing period and the lessons learned from all preceding work packages were the basis for the development and formulation for a set of guidelines and recommendations (Work Package 8).
These documents addressed different target groups and aimed at supporting them in implementing processes of RPL or relevant aspects of it, or – regarding the target group of learners and potential RPL applicants –provided guidelines on how to apply for RPL and to thus benefit from it.
Throughout the project period, continuous dissemination activities, such as a project website, presentations, stakeholder contacts and discussions and press releases, took place and thus drew the attention of stakeholders to the project’s topic and objectives (Work Package 9). The project partners provided counseling on RPL for VET and HE institutions. Furthermore, this work package assured continuous cooperation between the participating institutions by the conclusion of cooperation agreements. Models of these agreements were published, so that other institutions from all over Europe can make use of them.
During the whole project period, the partners were supported by an external evaluator who guaranteed quality assurance processes and who evaluated both the working process and the project results.