This Leonardo project is aimed at developing a European framework for quality management systems for small size adult education provider organisations and enterprises.
Duration: October 2004 - September 2006
Target group(s): small enterprises and organisations (up to 25 employees) dealing with adult education, including NGOs and social partners' organisations working in the field of adult education both from the non-formal and formal education sector.
Description: Managing Quality of Adult Education in Europe is a two year pilot project funded by the European Commission's Leonardo da Vinci programme. The project is aimed at developing a European framework for quality management systems for small size adult education provider organisations and enterprises. The project intends to investigate existing quality management systems for adult education organisations in European countries and develop indicators for small adult education provider organisations as well as develop assessment tools of these indicators. The investigation will encompass both the formal as well as non-formal adult education organisations. The quality system will be approbated in small size adult education organisations and will be adapted to national needs of the partner organisations. Implementation strategy will be developed on national level and information about the elaborated quality system will be integrated to the European Quality System. Dissemination of the project results is planned on European level with the help of European Association for the Education of Adults as well as national level and local level. Training seminars will be organized in each country in order to inform small adult education institutions and organisations on how to use the developed system. Results and products: The product of the project will be a set of indicators and assessment tools for indicators as well as a description on how to conduct the quality assessment of a small adult education organisation. Project afore-mentioned outcomes will be available in printed form (Manual). CD and online information will also be available. Partner organisations, by using the product developed as a result of the project, will be able to evaluate the quality of their organisation or enterprise working in the adult education field. Printed materials - Manual and an informative booklet will be available in English as well as in all the languages of project partners. CD will be available in English. The CD as well as the online information will contain an interactive tool for assessment of quality of an adult education institution or enterprise and anyone who uses it will be able to assess the quality. After the project ends both on the European as well as the national level the results (product) of the project will be accessible for all interested parties.