We are excited to launch the Call for Participants for Consultants Training within the project “Measuring Impact: with, for and by youth organisations” (MIYO).
The training will take place 20-24 September 2023 in Brussels, Belgium and the participants will be equipped with specific and soft skills so as to be able to provide support in the impact measurement sphere.
About the Project
The project “Measuring Impact: with, for and by youth organisations” aims at reinforcing the links between policy, research and practice in the youth field by improving the level of evidence of the impact of youth organisations through a robust and recognised research methodology. Ultimately, the project goal is to help strengthen the quality of the educational activities of youth organisations, in particular the ones offered to young people from disadvantaged areas.
Through a strong dissemination dimension, the project aims to impact the youth sector beyond the partners network. The ambition of the project is to be a milestone in the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy by increasing the level of evidence in terms of societal impact and learning outcomes of youth empowerment activities provided by youth organisations.
More information about the MIYO project can be found here.
Objectives of Consultants Training
The Overall Aim of the Training is to improve the educational offer of youth organisations through strengthening their digital capacity to utilise the impact assessment methodology.
Main Objectives of the Training: With a duration of 3 days, the training will equip participants with research skills, necessary soft skills for organising and running research as well as general consultancy skills.
The Participants will:
- Obtain basic knowledge in the spheres of impact, impact planning and impact measurement, understand theory and levels of change, have motivation to improve planning and evaluation mechanisms in their CSOs;
- Be provided with an overview of various data collection tools, including but not limited to surveys and focus groups;
- Learn the basics of sampling strategy;
- Learn the basics of data analysis tools;
- Obtain key efficient communication skills (active listening, feedback, barriers of communication, impact of assumptions, etc.);
- Get to know key personal development frameworks (DISC framework, systematic thinking, logical levels framework, etc.);
- Develop teamwork and leadership skills: coaching, crisis management, problem solving, public speaking;
- Know basic principles of change management and strategic approach;
- Develop basic relationship building skills: emotional intelligence, empathy, intercultural competences.
Dates, venue: 19 – 24 September 2023
- 19 September – arrival day
- 20 – 23 September – full days of working sessions
- 24 September – session till 12.00 and departure
Belgium, Gite Mozaik Hostel, Rue de la gare, 2 – Louvain-la-Neuve.
Format and methodology
The sessions will be delivered in a format of non-formal education using interactive methods of education. Theoretical inputs in a format of short lectures would be included as well.
Profile of Participants
- A youth worker, an activist in local community or a civil society organisation with experience of groups facilitation, programmes/projects delivery and capacity building;
- Motivation in the topic of the training, being ready to act as a consultant in the sphere of impact measurement when needed (according to WOSM or YMCA Europe requirements);
- Sufficient level of English language to participate fully in the learning process through discussions;
- Prior knowledge/ experience in research is desirable;
- Priority will be given to participants 18-35 years old but there are no upper age limits for the applicants.
After the training, all participants will receive a Youth Pass certificate that will recognise their competences acquired in the training. Certificates from the Bureau Européen du Scoutisme and YMCA Europe can be issued upon request as well.
There is no participation fee but the participants will be expected to be involved as volunteers after the training (according to WOSM or YMCA Europe requirements).
Cost to be covered by the project, by the organisers:
- travel costs (cost and eco efficient);
- accommodation 19-24 September in Belgium, Gite Mozaik Hostel, Rue de la gare, 2 – Louvain-la-Neuve, shared rooms;
- meals (starting from dinner 19 September, ending by breakfast of 24 September);
- programme, experts and administration costs.
Deadline for application: 15 June 2023
The training team is composed of experienced researchers from the Maynooth University Department of Applied Social Studies and trainers from Bureau Européen du Scoutisme and YMCA Europe.
If you have any questions, please, contact:
- Olga Lukina – olga[at]ymcaeurope.com
- Margarita Gaboyan – margarita.gaboyan[at]scout.org