CCIVS in Action – Impact Measurement & Quality Improvement

Impact research seeks to determine and explain the impact of IVS on volunteers & host communities. The results are used to promote IVS to our stakeholders providing greater visibility for our activities.
As feedback they enable us to improve our projects

CCIVS promotes the value of International Voluntary Service as a tool for non formal and popular education, where learning is intended, organised, and can produce transformational change for the individuals, communities and organisations involved. By looking at our volunteer programs and participants with the support of strategic research, we therefore aim at building a path towards the recognition of such value, which is reflected in the progressive and complementary achievement of three objectives:

  • Understanding our practices and the experiences of the participants, and how they influence each other, creating new knowledge, skills and attitudes about and towards themselves, their communities and the larger and interconnected global society;
  • Improving the capacity of the organisations, communities and individual volunteers involved in our projects to positively take into account these accrued competences and become conscious actors of change;
  • Valorising the unique processes and results that stakeholders create together thanks to the invaluable interactions of international voluntary service, giving them wider visibility across the institutional and public spheres.

CCIVS approach to impact is highly participative in nature, from the definition of common goals and questions with the members and stakeholders concerned, to the training of field practitioners and the innovative implementation of participative analysis and implementation research.

Utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods, it relies on two key concepts: the idea of change, as developed by several CCIVS members and partners during the first “Changing Perspectives” project, coordinated by Solidarités Jeunesses France, for the specific field of International Voluntary Service:

“A change or an effect on individuals, collectives or environments in the short, medium and long term. Produced by interaction between individuals, communities and environments in the context of International Voluntary Service actions. Perceivable, and as such could lead to social recognition or personal acknowledgment.”

And the idea of impact assessment, which looks at the correspondence between our goals and objectives as indicated in the Constitution and outlined by specific programs and projects, and the actual results we manage to achieve. This is exemplified by the definition given by Rossi, Lipsey and Freeman in Evaluation:
A Systemic Approach (2004):

“Impact assessments are undertaken to find out whether programs actually produce the intended effects. A program effect, or impact, refers to a change in the target population or social conditions that has been brought about by the program, that is, a change that would not have occurred had the program been absent. […] establishing that the program is a cause of some specified effect.”

Building on the key ideas of impact as change and assessment, the research work implemented by CCIVS and its members and partners is integrated in, and nourishes, the network’s structural processes of monitoring and quality improvement. These focus on the three pillars of International Voluntary Service, adapting different methodologies to address specific goals:

  • Individuals (Quantitative and qualitative research, Training): Personal, Interpersonal and Social development, Life skills and competences.
  • Communities (Qualitative research, participative analysis): Intercultural learning, Active Citizenship and Participation, Conflict Management, Technical Work and Realizations.

Organisations and Institutions (Implementation research, Capacity building, Pentagon methodology): Structure, Functioning, Relationships, Communication, Financial Sustainability.

Launching the Soil Manifesto & Call for Participants International Training Seminar in France

Dear Friends,

This week we are coming with exciting news! In less than two weeks we are launching the Soil Manifesto and we will need your support to collect signatures. We are also sharing with you the Call for Participants of the “International Training Seminar on the Role of Intercultural Voluntary Projects in The Process of Inclusion and Participation of Young Migrants and Refugees”.
The countdown has begun! Launching the Soil Manifesto on August 9📢

It’s time to warm up the engines. In the last months, we have received inputs from lawyers and activists to create a Manifesto that takes into account existing environmental laws and movements. Kate Curtis, Coordinator of the Soil Manifesto, finalised the Manifesto and together with a team of volunteers, we translated it to German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. The Manifesto will be available in 10 languages!

The countdown has begun! What does it mean? Next Monday we will post on social media for the ‘one week to launch’ and we will post also for ‘3 days left’, ‘2 days left’ and ‘1 day left’. We need your support to spread the word! Share the news within your organisation, family, friends, volunteers, camp leaders,… Use your social media profiles, pages, newsletter,… everything!

And, why not, save the event on your calendar to remind you that on August 9 you have to sign the Soil Manifesto!

The event is public! 🔗

Call for Participants of the “International Training Seminar on the Role of Intercultural Voluntary Projects in The Process of Inclusion and Participation of Young Migrants and Refugees”

As the main partner of the project INVOLVE, CCIVS is proposing a training seminar on the role of intercultural voluntary projects in the process of inclusion and participation of young migrants and refugees under its annual campaign Raising Peace framework.

The Training Seminar aims to strengthen the capacity and resources of voluntary service organisations and NGOs that work or want to work with young migrants and refugees and use intercultural voluntary service as a social inclusion tool

📅  16 September 2021 (arrival) – 23 September 2021 (departure)

🏡  Vaunières, France (hosted by Solidarités Jeunesses)

🌐 Participants: 14 from Europe, 1 from Africa, 1 from America, 1 from Asia, 1 from Arab States

Participants can submit their application by 15 August via the online application form. The selection result will be communicated by 18 August.

For more information you can read the CALL via this link.

That’s all for this week! If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Júlia Pérez Lema
CCIVS Communication Officer
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936
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