Methodology and Project Plan
The project was co-funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and lasted for two years from February 2010 until January 2012. Within these two years, the project developed a collaborative and comprehensive recognition manual.
The EAR manual has been produced by a project team consisting of 8 NARICs and a steering group consisting of the ENIC president and the President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee. In her work the project team has been assisted by recognition experts from the Bologna Follow Up Working Group on Recognition and the ENICs/NARICs network.
The EAR manual is based on the Lisbon Recognition Convention (Criteria and Procedures) and further made use of relevant recommendations, studies and outcomes of projects produced over the last years. Several rounds of testing, evaluating and adapting allowed for careful consideration of the content ensuring that the manual represents an established tool for credential evaluation.
Stages of project
The key stages of the project included the following activities:
- Draft of Manual
- Testing Phase (by the involved NARICs)
- Second Draft
- Feedback Phase (ENIC/NARIC meeting, ENIC/NARIC survey)
- Third Draft
- External Consultation and 2nd Testing Phase (by the involved NARICs)
- Final Version of Manual
In the course of the project additional feedback was sought during workshops at conferences (ENICs/NARICs annual meetings, Riga Stakeholders Conference, and EAIE annual conference 2011), from recognition experts and other relevant stakeholders.
Responsibilities in project team
The individual tasks were divided amongst the project consortium. The primary project team consisting of four NARICs was directly involved in all the activities of the project. The secondary project team also consisting of four NARICs, delivered input at crucial stages of the project primarily testing the manual and providing valuable feedback on its practical application.
In addition, the steering group consisting of the President of the ENIC Bureau and the President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee provided guidance and advice on a strategic level.
All project partners are responsible for dissemination of the outcomes of the project to national stakeholders, such as higher education institutions or quality assurance agencies. The manual is available online , downloadable and in print format.
See the project plan below for a more detailed overview of the different stages of the project.