Result of the quality assessment of the interim report

Transnational meetings

Comment: three meetings at Cáceres, Sofia and Dublin have been held for the coordination and monitoring of the project. Objectives are detailed, together with content, schedule, number of participants and description of the contents. The first has focused on agreeing the way of work, the documents to be used throughout the project, the models of data collection of worksheets for the intellectual products and economic management, the Quality Plan, digital tools or the criteria for selecting the different schools in different countries. In addition, a procedural and temporary protocol to create the Intellectual Product was agreed. In the meeting held in Sofia the role of inspectorates in the participating countries has been analysed and a timetable for the publication of an article with the conclusions obtained set. They have also set up virtual meetings by Skype to adjust the future activities based on the results achieved. The third meeting has served to track the completion of O1 and O2 and the evaluation of the Training Event or the planning of other activities that will be carried out during the second part of the project’s life.

Intellectual products
Comment: O2: Case Study and O3: A Toolkit To develop data-informed Database in a totally satisfactory way. The O2 has to analyze self-assessment practices and improvement initiatives carried out in the participating countries. They describe the
methodology or temporalization. English versions are available, Spanish or Greek. The findings have been contained in an article published in the press. An in-depth knowledge of the self-evaluation practices in the education systems of the various
countries and has identified possible areas of improvement. As for O3, a digital tool to reinforce improvement, criteria, strategies and instruments to do so effectively have been provided. It is an innovative vision of school evaluation by helping schools with effective planning of internal assessment activities and processes based on data. It is available in Greek, Bulgarian and English. O4, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is in the process of development and will be developed in the second part of the project. The teachers will have materials and resources to participate in the Informed school self-assessment.

Multiplier events
Comment: The report only refers to E1 (International Conference) that
will take place during the last period of the project in Spain. It will gather 166 participants including school Inspectors of Extremadura, school principals and directors of the Teacher Training Centres in the region of Extremadura; It’s well described. It’s relevant. It will include presentations, workshops to pilot the results, O2, O3 and O4, tools and materials or MOOC, planned in virtual meetings.

Training, teaching or learning activities
Comment: C1 is developed in accordance with the application. It is a short-term training for 7 participants. It was developed in Lamia (Greece). It’s a course on evaluation and inspection. It focuses on the role of the Inspection and includes
detailed theoretical-practical with presentations and workshops on evaluation
peer-to-peer and polycentric inspection. They worked in a group developing improvement plans for self-assessment, for the network of participants’ environment or by defining quality standards and rubrics for the improvement plans mentioned above.

Dissemination and use of project results
Comment: The target group (Inspectors, Advisers, leaders) is explicit: responsible for education policy, or school Teachers. The Dissemination Plan is developed at local, regional, national and international levels through the website, 3 newsletters, e-mails, Inspectorate Regional Annual Training Conference, Inspectorates of Education of Spain, Twitter, XIX National Meeting of the Union USIE held in Salamanca in October 2018. It is confirmed in the project that results have been incorporated and channelled into actions related to the education policy of partner countries.

Project execution
Comment: The activities have been carried out as planned through the meetings maintained, constant communication by e-mail, virtual meetings, sending official documentation or travel regionally and nationally. Designing and planning activities
for the rest of the project it is realistic, detailed and consistent with the overall framework of the project, which could be achieved.

Project management
Comment: Cooperation among the partners has been constant. Participation and responsibilities are balanced. There are evaluation and control measures; includin the distribution of responsibilities. There’s a Management Team, constituted by 6 school Inspectors, which is responsible for assessing the quality of the products and the
Scientific team that is responsible for monitoring the development of Products.

Other relevant information
Comment: Commitments have been made by the institutions that demonstrate the transferability of the results. For example, the Department of Education in Extremadura has Included supervision of school improvement plans as a regular performance of the Educational Inspection throughout the year.

Comment: The level of budget expenditure is in line with the degree of development and implementation of the project.

General comments
Comment: This is a quality project that takes place within coherent framework that includes objectives, content, methodology, monitoring and evaluation. Perhaps the most interesting potential practical application underlying the products generated and the transferability of them and changes in targeted education policies continuous improvement.

Overall project report rating
Comment: Very good.