Impact.Ability is a 24-month project co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme.
01/12/2022 – 30/11/2024
Introduction to the project
The Impact.Ability project aims to contribute to the objectives of the European Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to pave the way to a barrier-free Europe and to empower persons with disabilities so they can enjoy their rights and participate fully in society and economy.
We can therefore say that the overall objective of this project is to improve the effectiveness of empowerment and learning pathways for persons with disabilities, design and test an intervention methodology based on a participatory and inclusive peer-to-peer approach, aimed at measuring and assessing the impact of these pathways on the beneficiaries’ quality of life. In addition, this project also has some specific objectives, namely strenghtening the assessment competence of persons with disabilities regarding the impacts on their quality of life and social participation through empowerment and learning pathways, innovating existing evaluation tools with a participatory approach and increasing, through a peer-to-peer approach, the competences of actors working in the field to integrate impact measurement and evaluation into their daily activities.
Peer-to-peer Definition of Methodological Framework
A methodological peer-to-peer guide (available in English, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and French) that addresses operators working in the field of disability, in the shape of a MOOC, with scenarios, peer-to-peer methodological hints, innovative accessible assessment tools for an inclusive involvement of persons with different disabilities and case histories.
Peer-to-peer Impact Assessment Toolkit
The partners will organise 4 webinars (2 hours each) about future scenarios of disability, the meaning of impact evaluation approaches, the meaning of indicators and data collection, focus on ICF and related tools and communicating impacts, and one in-presence bootcamp of 5 days in Italy. After that, they will collect all the information and display it in the methodological peer-to-peer guide addressed to operators working in the field of disabilitiy, in the shape of a MOOC.
Peer-to-peer Inclusive participatory stakeholder engagement for digital resources
The main result, integrated and downloadable in the MOOC, is a set of innovative digital tools for a participatory measurement and assessment of impacts, aimed at overcoming possible limits created by main stakeholder engagement approaches, ensuring the direct involvement of persons with physical and/or learning disabilities and/or mental health disease. The format of each tool will be strictly connected with accessibility features and with implementation purposes.
Community of practice
The partnership will activite 5 local communities of practice and 1 transnational community of practice. A community of practice is a group of practitioners who share a domain of interest, competence and commitment that distinguishes them from others. This shared domain creates common ground, inspires members to participate, guides their learning, and gives meaning to their actions. Members pursue the interest through joint activities, discussions, problem-solving opportunities, information sharing and relationship building.
The partnership is set up between five different organisations including one social cooperative – L’Ovile (Italy), one NGO – IPSA (Greece), one higher educational institution – UCLL (Belgium), one research institute – Centre Mutualiste de Kerpape (France) and one non formal educational agency – Sensus (Sweden) in a cross sectoral way.