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Key concepts to the policy work in P2V
The P2V project brings together peer exchange and valorisation in an extension of the methodology developed in the P2P project so as to enable a number of communities of practice (policy-shapers, inspectors, school directors, …) to better handle change and innovation on specific issues in their respective areas.
The project centres, amongst other things, on the notion of valorisation. The word “valorisation, adopted from the French, is used in various ways with varying results. Often confused with dissemination, validation and testing - see a discussion of these different uses on Connected Magazine(1) - we put forward the following definition: the use of output from research and development as well as personal and collective experience to contribute to designing innovative solutions to specific problems and challenges. It is necessarily a one-off process.

The methodology used in the policy strand aims to combine peer exchange and input from R&D as well as personal experience to empower participants to design innovative solutions to problems they are facing. The methodology involves five components: shared understanding; formulating the issue; providing input; designing solutions; and policy shaping. A key challenge of the methodology is to do justice to the complex task of R&D valorisation in policy-making and yet limit the investment of participants to a minimum, as they are particularly busy people.

The development of a suitable methodology for P2V (starting from the work of P2P) is necessarily an evolving and iterative process involving all participants in the project. As such, the development of the methodology is a form of participative design in which formative and empowerment evaluation play a key-role. A sepcific evaluation framework has been designed for the P2V policy strand that aims to enable the ongoing adjustment and improvement of the P2V methodology and to increase awareness of the value of and the ability to use formative evaluation in a process of participative design.

Built on a series of focus points based on the aims and form of the methodology, the evaluation framework enables participants to ask (or be asked) the relevant questions during the various stages of the project so as to gather evidence to steer the on-going design of the methodology. These questions will depend both on the focus points of the evaluation framework as well as the context in the countries visited and the evolution of the project.

(1) See http://www.connected.org/words/valorise.html

by Alan McCluskey (originally posted on the P2V Blog-Policy)

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