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The Development of Indicators & Assessment Tools for CSO Values-based projects in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Objective

"This project involves five very different Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) involved in Education for Sustainable Development in a very wide range of project types coming together to investigate two main aims, with academic assistance: 1) to develop more useful indicators to measure the impact of value/behaviour change elements in their ESD projects – at the project level. This will enable them to better prioritise their resources across a wide range of project types. A considerable range of value-based projects will be considered, involving SMEs, communities and schoolchildren. The newly developed project level impact indicators will be related to those for other levels, e.g. regional, national; and those used in academic arenas. It will be necessary to particularly focus on the development of less established SD indicators such as "" well-being"" which are can be strongly affected by spiritual/faith-based values and activities (Clark and Lelkes, 2005). Indicators for this have been difficult to quantify so far in mainstream discussions, but by focussing at project impact level we believe some can be defined and refined, with CSOs working with academics. Some schools of thought suggest that reinforcing local values will lead more effectively to behaviour changes, leading to larger SD impacts; without ways to measure, such ideas cannot be tested. 2) to improve the environmental impact of projects through advice at ground level. Three of the CSO participants in this proposal are faith-based whose projects generally focus on social issues more than environmental ones. The RTDs will be asked to outline possibilities to increase the projects’ environmental impact within their current context, leading to suggestions and guidelines for such CSOs to allow them to be more effective at environmental impact even when this is not their main focus. Researchers officers will work extensively in the field on CSO projects, with CSO staff, for both aims."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-CSO - Research for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
Address
Lewes Road Mithras House
BN2 4AT Brighton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 443 556
Administrative Contact
Marie Harder (Prof.)

Participants (7)

Earth Charter Initiative
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 43 534
Address
P.o. Box 138-6100
Ciudad Colon San Jose
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mirian Vilela (Dr.)
EUROPEAN BAHA'I BUSINESS FORUM ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 53 336
Address
Rue Pergolese 45
75116 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Truran (Mr.)
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 46 011
Address
Kelston Park The House
BA1 9AE Bath
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Martin Palmer (Mr.)
BAHA'I AGENCY FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - UNITED KINGDOM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Rutland Gate 27
SW7 1DP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ismael Velasco (Mr.)
People's Theater e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 28 060
Address
Offenthaler Strasse 75
63128 Dietzenbach
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Erfan Diebel (Mr.)
Arthur Lyon DAHL

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Chemin De Maisonneuve 12 B
1219 Geneve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arthur Lyon Dahl (Dr.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 200 068
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomas Hak (Dr.)