Study of the Impact of Comenius Centralised Actions: Comenius Multilateral Projects and Comenius Multilateral Networks
According to the new “Study of the Impact of Comenius Centralised Actions: Comenius Multilateral Projects and Comenius Multilateral Networks” more than eight in ten people involved in an EU-funded initiative aimed at encouraging innovative teaching methods and improved learning materials for children and had a positive and lasting impact on them. The same proportion also stated that it would have been impossible to achieve the same results without European support.
The projects were funded through the EU’s Comenius scheme, which supports a range of activities, from school partnerships to teacher training and the eTwinning school network.
The study found that the most positive impact was on individuals directly involved in projects, who said that the project broadened their views, increased access to best practice and innovation, and improved their professional skills in ICT, languages and management. The benefits highlighted most by organisations included the opportunity to develop new links and synergies, both within the institution and with others. Systemic impact through the projects and networks was less strongly felt, but most respondents said it existed, for instance where teacher training modules and content developed within a project or network were integrated into established courses.
The study, commissioned by the European Commission, was conducted by the Greek educational organisation Ellinogermaniki Agogi from December 2010 to December 2012 and relied on a survey among participants in 145 projects and networks.