Evaluation of the Project and the Pilot Tests

Monitoring and evaluation in EXCITE were intended to be an “internal service” providing input data and information to all involved parties with regard to the advancement of planned activities, effective interaction among partners and other players (learners, external stakeholders, etc.)
Evaluation was conceived as a way to increase the rationality of decision-making and management, and as a tool that can provide information on the implementation and outcomes of the project, in a peer-to-peer logic.

The evaluation of the project focused mainly on the project management and achievement of planned project objectives (e.g. respect of deadlines, assessment of the project partners’ degree of satisfaction about outputs and results). Furthermore, the impact of the pilot experiences involving senior and underprivileged learners (e.g. the quality of the developed outputs, users acceptance of the developed outputs) was analyzed, too.

Monitoring and evaluation activities were carried out throughout the project lifecycle. In particular, data and information collection phases will be structured as follows:

Questionnaires

Questionnaires were distributed once a year, in Month 12 and 24. Project partners filled in the questionnaires and returned them to ESPRIT for processing and analysis.

Self-evaluation

The self-evaluation exercise was carried out every month, in Month 5, 10, 15 and 20. Project partners collected views and opinions from the involved staff. These data and information was preliminarily processed and analyzed locally. The draft reports were returned to ESPRIT who proceeded with a synthesis of the results to be presented during mobility events and to be used as prompts for individual or group interviews.

Ad hoc Individual or Group Interviews

Individual or group interviews were organized during the planned mobility events. ESPRIT presented the outcomes of interviews at the end of each event, as part of the concluding session.
ESPRIT identified the topics to be tackled on the basis of the results of self-evaluation.

Sample of Internal Evaluation Form [PDF]

The most positive aspects of the project implementation can be concluded with the following points:

* effective coordination and organization of the project and its mobility visits
* continuing effective collaboration and communication between partners
* active involvement of all partners and appropriate allocation of tasks
* sharing of the same vision and objectives
* useful evaluation process: it keeps project focused
* appropriate feedback on the developed work.
* opportunity to develop ICT skills
* good results of pilot tests
* very useful the participation of learners in the mobilities and their meeting with other learners coming from            different countries
* mutual learning provides opportunity to learn about new teaching methods

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