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Policy peer review methodology
The methodology for policy peer review visits is a result of the work done in the P2P and P2V projects. Alan McCluskey from the University of Fribourg and partners in the policy strand in P2V refined and further developed the policy peer review methodology elaborated in the P2P project.

The current document is the fruit of the evolution of both the P2V policy methodology and the related evaluation framework over the two years of the project lifespan. The version of the methodology presented here is the one used on occasion of the Catalonian P2V visit.

In addition, a revised methodology that is designed for use in a wider group is briefly presented although this has not been validated. For details of the Lithuanian and Catalonian visits, please consult the relevant reports or read the final evaluation report.

In a nutshell:
Peer exchange involves both structured and informal exchange between peers within a community of practice with a view to contributing to the learning of individual participants and organisations as well as the community as a whole on a set of issues defined by the community. Note, however, that peer exchange is not necessarily perceived as ‘learning’ by those taking part in it.

The methodology adopted in the policy strand of P2V 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 (described more in details in the document below).

The aim of the method is to use peer exchange to combine input from R&D, examples of policy strategies and personal experience with thought about a specific issue in a given context so as to come up with suitable policy solutions and that these solutions be taken up or adapted in the given context.

D4.4 Methodology for policy-making peer learning

Web Editor: Paul Gerhard
Last changed: Sunday, 29 March 2009
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