22nd and 23rd July, Bucharest (Romania): YEIP partners met at the Grey Matter Hub. At the beginning of the first day, shortly after 9 am, the 4th meeting of the project starts.
Led by Schottener Foundation (hosting organisation) and IARS (coordinator), this event gathers the scientific partners of the project around the table. Participants went quickly through the agenda and initiated the updates and debates around each slot. One and a half day was planned to cover several relevant aspects including the progress of the fieldwork trials – a core building block of the project. INOVA+ was there and provided details about the approach and the first results of a comprehensive process that involved directly the Municipality of Oliveira de Azeméis and was supported by several schools, including Escola Profissional Almirante Reis. The working block here mentioned is built-on a predefined methodology planed for testing of the toolkit for professionals and toolkit for policy makers.
In short, the fieldwork trials linked to the toolkit for professionals include 1) experimental and control groups of individuals that allow to capture and understand the changes and effects that can be directly related to the intervention (capacity building action) and 2) pre and post evaluation moments in both groups. The fieldwork trials linked to the toolkit for policymakers include an informative session and a post evaluation.
In the YEIP project, the Portuguese partners are responsible for covering the school setting and for this reason, target groups involved included by the one hand, teachers and students, and by the other hand, policymakers linked to education and related themes. In other countries, partners tested the resources in universities, youth offender institutions and online environment.
Results from the testing are currently being analysed but first findings tend to confirm the relevance of the resources and positive effects of the capacity building actions.
During the meeting, partners had the opportunity of discussing transversal aspects of the project and finetuning next steps for key activities such as the completion of the testing phase, the resources optimising and the organisation of the final conference of the project (planned for January 2020).