Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CHILD-UP (Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation)
Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
The working group on communication, dissemination and impact (CDI-WG) coordinated the construction of the website (www.child-up.eu) and the dissemination and exploitation plan. The CDI-WG constituted the International Stakeholder Committee, which met for the first time in September 2019. The CDI-WG also coordinated the constitution of the seven Local Stakeholder Committees, which all research partners implemented and involved in the project, and the organisation of dissemination meetings at local level. Finally, this group has developed a social media strategy to improve the dissemination and enlarge the impact of the project’s future outcomes.
The management of the project (Work Package 2), coordinated by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, was accomplished through the realization of two Consortium meetings, the delivery of the reports, intense long distance collaboration, periodic Skype talks among the partners, and production of a data management plan. The coordinator also implemented Work Package 1 (Ethics), with appointment of the ethics advisor, provision of ethical guidelines, approvals of ethical committees and provision of information sheets and consent forms for all subjects and phases of research.
Second, CHILD-UP consolidated important networks of stakeholders at local and international level. These networks will allow, from the beginning of 2020 on, to enhance awareness of the project aims, approaches, activities, and positive attitudes and interest in following the project developments. The CDI-WG will activate the stakeholders to: (1) act as multipliers of results; (2) be active contributors in the research work as facilitators in the access to further sources; (3) contribute to the evaluation of activities; (4) cooperate in media coverage; (5) engage in influencing policy agendas.
In 2020, the Consortium will continue the field research foreseen in WP5 and WP6, with interviews to professionals, focus groups with children, video and audio recording of school activities, to understand the conditions of children’s exercise of agency and hybrid integration. In 2021, the Consortium will produce materials for innovation: archived research materials about best practices in schools; tools for professionals’ training; guidelines for future activities; tools for self-evaluation of these activities. Starting from the first research reports, the Consortium will also intensify dissemination at European, national and local level.
Potential impacts concern: (1) migrant children’s ability to change their conditions of integration; (2) reflection on assumptions and tendencies in institutions with the possibility of imagining new ones, with particular reference to the gendered structures that affect integration; (3) application of dialogic methods in educational institutions; (4) development of synergetic connections between schools and their social contexts; (5) stimulation of the adoption of public policies that are coherent with the findings of the research.