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WP 1 PREPARATION

Lead partner: P1 – Fondazione Hallgarten Franchetti – Centro Studi Villa Montesca

This   WP   is   the   driver   work   package   that   will   define   the implementation (WP3) ant so it’s strategic in order to set up the start-up of the project.

The main envisaged results are:

  • Better definition of the strategic perspectives with regard to the Quiet Time method and its effects in tackling radicalization (possible difficulties, challenges and opportunities)
  • Agreement of partners on the challenges, needs of target group and objectives addressed through the selected best practice Quiet Time for schools
  • Preparing the partners in relation to the application of this novel approach and of its potentialities
  • Elaborating Project Initiation Documentation and establishing proper work plans for starting the work in the right way
  • Creating the project Platform and the participative web Portal as informative and communication tools at the disposal of the all the project actors and beneficiaries
  • Preparing the implementation in the schools
  • Community building

Main public deliverables:

WP1 preparation & D 1.1 Analysis of the status quo and of the strategic perspectives with regard to the Quiet Time method and its effects in tackling radicalization

WP1 Preparation& D1.3 Project Platform and of the Participative Web Portal

What is the Quite Time/Transcendental Meditation Program (QT/TMP)?

 

WP 2 MANAGEMENT

Lead partner: P1 – Fondazione Hallgarten Franchetti – Centro Studi Villa Montesca

The aims and objectives of this Work package are:

  • ensuring that the overall project objectives are achieved effectively and properly, complying with the set timing and schedules, and with the working days assigned to all project activities
  • ensuring compliance of the foreseen objectives and results with the actually developed and achieved actions
  • ensuring a smooth day-to-day running of the project
  • management of the communication within the consortium and between the consortium and the EACEA
  • ensuring and manage the communication and exchanges with stakeholders and actors to ensure external input by them during the activities development
  • coordination the project work packages, and management of resources allocation
  • assuring a high level of quality of the management of the entire action for ensuring, constantly along the project development, the transferability of its results and experiences

This WP foresees the singling out of members by each project partner who will become part of the Management Board that has the main role of supervising the main actions of the project. It collaborates closely with the coordinator and the Quality Assurance Committee (see WP4 Quality Assurance).

Main public deliverables:

WP2 management & D 2.4 Internal Platform only for partners members

Internal Platform

WP2 management & D 2.5 Partnership Meetings Italy P1

WP2 management & D 2.5 Partnership Meetings Portugal P3

WP3 IMPLEMENTATION

Lead partner: P8 – Maharishi Foundation England

This WP is responsible for the actual implementation of the best practice Quiet Time programme in schools by:

– Setting up the final implementation work plan and schedule for implementation together with the research protocol for evaluation of the program with guidance from the chief evaluator for the implementation in schools

– Introduce systematically the Quiet Time program in each of the selected school following the same protocol

– Report on the implementation of the Quiet Time programme. This includes:

  • The number of countries and the number of schools in each country where the Quiet Time programme has been implemented;
  • The total number of administrators, teachers, staff, and students that have been trained;
  • The number and types of meetings held;
  • Number of teachers who have completed the 2-hour training program for Quiet Time supervision in the classrooms;
  • Strengths and concerns of Quiet Time with the students
  • Principal and administrator feedback;
  • Teacher feedback student feedback and parent feedback;
  • Progress on the evaluation process;
  • Results of the pre post-test with administrators, teachers, and staff;
  • Results of pre post-testing of the student;
  • Interaction with ministries of education;

The Quiet Time programme will be implemented in 3 countries (Portugal, Sweden and Nederland) in at least 1 school per country, with at least 150 students per school.  Schools in Portugal (In the area of Algarve and Aveiro) and in Sweden (in the area of Eslov) have already expressed interest in adopting the programme.

Main public  deliverables:

WP3 Implementation & D 3.1 Staff Training

WP 3 Implementation & D 3.2 Students training

WP 3 implementation & D 3.3 Consolidation of the programme at school

WP4 QUALITY ASSURANCE

Lead partner: P7 – Stichting Maharishi Onderwijs Nederland

The objective of this WP is to:

  • Implement a Monitoring system to check the quality management of the overall project
  • Define the tools and ways the monitoring and quality of the overall project results are ensured
  • Establishing partners inner mechanisms of organizational monitoring of project progress and results achieved
  • Monitor risks, anticipate criticalities and design solutions to potentially emerging problems.

All the process of the Quality Assurance is based on the fundamental document, prepared since the project beginning: the Quality Assurance Plan. It contains guidelines for ensuring a quality control process throughout the entire project.

WP5 EVALUATION

Lead partner: P2 – Stichting Hogeschool Utrecht (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences)

The evaluation involves setting up an evaluation framework for the project to provide validation of the Quiet Time approach. It will establish to what extent the expected results are confirmed and will evaluate the procedures of implementation and the experiences of the participants, with a view to establishing a manual of best practices to enable policy makers to confidently apply the programme in any school or university.

The evaluation will consist of four components as follows:

(a) formative evaluation related to the implementation process

(b) summative evaluation of the results in terms of benefits and stakeholders,

(c) summative evaluation of the implementation process, and

(d) summative evaluation of the factors critical to the success (including enablers and barriers).

The Quiet Time programme will be implemented (see WP3 –Implementation) in  at least 3 schools simultaneously (in 3 different countries) based upon a commonly established protocol, which will be the same for all cohorts. The results will be evaluated at a national/regional/local level collectively with all partners involved in the implementation.

Main public deliverables:

WP 5 Evaluation & D 5.1 Protocol and Plan for the Evaluation of Quiet Time

WP 5 Evaluation & D.5.2 Bibliographical revision

WP 5 Evaluation & D 5.3 Empirical Research Tools Preparation

WP 5 Evaluation & D 5.4 Empirical data collection

WP6 DISSEMINATION

Lead partner  P4 – CESIE

The objectives of this work package are

(a) to foster community building,

(b) turn findings from the implementation and evaluation into exploitable results,

(c) to raise awareness about the Quiet Time programme and established support structures and offerings, and

(d) to disseminate information about the project development, different phases and achievements to the wider audience possible through coordinated actions,

(e) to establish a mainstreaming roadmap for evidence-based policy guidance

(f) to contribute, with the help of key stakeholders and MOEs, to National and European strategies/actions in answer to the Paris Declaration,

(g) to create the visibility for the achievement of a sustainable impact on the education systems of the partners and in the extension on the education systems throughout Europe.

WP6 will co-ordinate the set-up and activities of the dissemination Plan.

Main public deliverables:

  • WP6 Mainstreaming – Dissemination & D 6.4 Portfolio of dissemination materials
  • WP6 Mainstreaming – Dissemination & D D 6.5 Scientific articles
    • Scientific articles: 12
  • WP6 Mainstreaming – Dissemination & D 6.7 Policy recommendations
WP7 EXPLOITATION

Lead partner : P5 – Agrupamento de Escolas João de Deus (Teacher Training Center)

The EUROPE project aims to provide project results that will have a wide impact during, and beyond, the lifetime of the project by conducting extensive dissemination activities and measures addressing all the stakeholders involved.

Through the channels and experience of the partners involved in the project and of associated partners, the EUROPE project aims at steering the interest of other organizations at grass root level, networks/umbrella organizations and policy makers, in order that the exploitation will reach:

  • Different target groups: the Quiet Time programme is in fact adaptable and suitable for a transectorial intervention since the benefits are applicable to all levels of education, from ECEC to secondary and higher education, including all students, teachers, directors and staff and to at-risk population, including migrants and prisoners.
  • Different geographical areas: The EUROPE project aims to reach schools in all of Europe. Transcendental Meditation organizations in fact being present in all European countries, are available and capable of supporting this goal.