Be the Change you want to see

11.2021 – 12.2022

The idea

In SCI, we care about the high quality of our workcamps and other non-formal activities, and we share the need to monitor the results of our work, to know which approaches work and bring change to our audience.

With the “Be the Change you want to see” project, we want to turn knowledge on the benefits of impact measurement into regular practice – first for our participating organisations, and then for an ever-growing circle of European youth NGOs!

We are a partnership of 9 organisations: SCI Belgium, SCI Catalunya, KVT Finland, SCI Germany, Utilapu Hungary, VSI Ireland, SCI Poland, Para Onde? Portugal, Zavod Voluntariat – SCI Slovenia.

Why do we do it?

  • we do care about the high quality of our workcamps and other non-formal activities,
  • we share the need to monitor the results of our work, to know which approaches work – and which ones are maybe taking a lot of effort, time, and money, but they do not bring any change to our audience,
  • both donors and participants ask about impact – they want professional analysis, numbers, proof of evidence, success stories…
  • simple yet trustworthy systems to measure the outcomes and impact of our work would help us a lot,
  • we all know the importance of impact measurement… but we are always so busy and jumping from one project to project, and without a consolidated effort we might never be able to focus on impact measurement!

 

The activities

The project has 6 main components:

  1. “Be the Change you want to see” Training Course (20-26.04.2022, Poznań, Poland) on how to measure the impact of our activities, with the emphasis on workcamps.
  2. Thematic webinars (4-5.2022) on impact measurement essentials, including its practical side in a voluntary organisation, its benefits and challenges.
  3. Practice phase (5-8.2022) – organising and running impact measurement of at least one activity (e.g. a workcamp) in each country.
  4. Peer support groups and consultations (5-11.2022) including mastermind groups, coaching, and mentorship.
  5. “The Change we became” Seminar (15-18.09.2022, Poznań, Poland) – summing up the experience from the practice phase, consolidating research results, learning how to communicate the measurement outcomes to a wider audience through numbers and storytelling.
  6. Practical Guide to Impact Measurement in International Mobility Activities (10-11.2022) – publishing an electronic publication that will give practical and easy-to-comprehend advice on how to measure and communicate the impact of workcamps and other non-formal education activities.

 

Join our free training course on impact measurement!

Join our 6-day training course “Be the Change you want to see”, which will take place 20-26.04.2022 in Poznań, Poland.

  • Do you agree that a well-organised activity for young people (a workcamp, exchange, training course…) can make a positive difference in the lives of its participants?
  • Are you motivated to explore more about how to measure the impact of international voluntary activities?
  • Would you be ready to become a changemaker who supports organisations in Europe so that they turn knowledge on the benefits of impact measurement into regular practice?
  • Are you a resident of Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia or Spain?
  • Are you ready to meet amazing people from 9 countries, make new friendships and get inspired by their ideas and projects?
  • Would you like to combine city and nature, staying at the lakeside with an all-year ski slope and thermal baths, yet just 3 km from the charming Poznań Old Town?
  • And all this with no or little cost?!

If your answers are “Yes, this is me!”, then…

… we have an offer for you!! 🙂

Read our call for participants below and hit the ‘apply’ button!

Currently (beginning of April 2022), we have a few free places left and we review applications on an ongoing basis.

Practical Guide on Impact Measurement

Within the project, we are working on an electronic publication that will give practical and easy-to-comprehend advice on how to measure and communicate the results and impact of workcamps and other mobility activities.

We will launch the guide on 2nd October 2022 – the International Day of Non-Violence.

 

Results

The planned results of the project include:

  • around 40 trained leaders, coordinators, and youth workers, with knowledge and skills allowing to organise high-quality volunteering activities;
  • increased capacity of our 9 organisations in the topic of measuring and communicating impact,
  • ability to identify and invest in ways of organising international mobility activities (workcamps, exchanges…) that bring the best results and lasting change to the participants,
  • proving that it is feasible to streamline impact measurement and communication of results into our regular practice, and do it even with scarce resources,
  • at least 100 European youth organisations who will make use of the Practical Guide to Impact Measurement in International Youth Mobility Activities already in 2022,
  • not less than 1800 young people in 2023 who will be offered higher quality activities and life-changing experiences, prepared in accordance with the recommendations based on the impact reports’ findings (and we can expect further snowball effects in the years that follow).

The famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi says “Be the change you want to see in the world”. We commit to being this change, become the best examples in impact measurement and high-quality youth work – and help others change, too!

 

The team

Gośka Tur - Project Coordinator

Gośka Tur - Project Coordinator

Peace activist, trainer and educator, a member of SCI Poland since 1996. She is the project initiator and bears the main responsibility for its design and implementation.

Afroditi Deilogkou - Project Coordinator

Afroditi Deilogkou - Project Coordinator

Member of the SCI Impact Working Group, currently based in Belgium. In the project, she is responsible for the country teams' support and for the development of the Practical Guide on Impact.

Svitlana Kukharuk - Support Volunteer

Svitlana Kukharuk - Support Volunteer

Law student from Ukraine, currently an ESC volunteer in our organisation. She supports smooth operations within the project, its visibility and the dissemination activities.

You can contact the project coordination team at learning@poland.sci.ngo.

 

The donor

Our project is co-funded by the European Union. We are very thankful for making our idea possible to realise thanks to this support!

Project number 2021-1-PL01-KA153-YOU-000035713