Validating ESF products

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Validating ESF products

  1. 1. VALIDATING PRODUCTS Maria do Carmo Nunes, PORTUGAL Open Days, October 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Innovative Products </li></ul><ul><li>new solutions to a problem </li></ul><ul><li>tangible & transferable </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>why validate products? </li></ul><ul><li>upgrade the quality; benchmarking </li></ul><ul><li>give social recognition of a product’s value (as a prerequisite for mainstreaming) </li></ul><ul><li>build a mainstreaming plan and better meet the needs of potential users </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>with whom? </li></ul><ul><li>key actors of the validation process: </li></ul><ul><li>authors </li></ul><ul><li>peers </li></ul><ul><li>experts </li></ul><ul><li>potential users </li></ul><ul><li>decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>beneficiaries (empowerment) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>the validation session in 3 steps </li></ul><ul><li>demonstration: authors present the evidence of the seven quality crieria present in the product </li></ul><ul><li>debate: authors, peers, experts and potential users debate in subgroups and award points </li></ul><ul><li>recommendations: each subgroup presents its scores and recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Futher clarification or evidence of quality may be given by the authors </li></ul><ul><li>(one validation session may take 2 / 3 hours) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>the seven quality criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transferability </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Assessing quality criteria </li></ul><ul><li>the innovation criteria </li></ul><ul><li>what makes the product distinctive? </li></ul><ul><li>what is the added value? </li></ul><ul><li>does it promote new forms of learning? new skills? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Assessing quality criteria </li></ul><ul><li>the transferability criteria </li></ul><ul><li>can the product be used in other contexts? is it flexible enough? autonomous? </li></ul><ul><li>is it good enough to influence change? </li></ul><ul><li>who recognizes its value? </li></ul><ul><li>do the costs/benefits of appropriation make it worthwhile? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Critical success factors: </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING ATTITUDE! </li></ul><ul><li>focus the debate on quality criteria evidence </li></ul><ul><li>author’s openness to external critical analysis </li></ul><ul><li>a constructive critical analysis from peers&experts </li></ul><ul><li>participation of recognised experts </li></ul><ul><li>potential users or clients’ point of view </li></ul>
  10. 10. Experimentation Recognition Marketing Transferring Rebuilding LEARNING Integration in work processes & services A LIVING PRODUCT VALIDATION AS A PROCESS

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