IMPACT Europe consortium meets in Brussels for project meeting and progress update with the European Commission

On 21-22 May 2015, IMPACT Europe consortium partners gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for a project meeting and the first project review with the European Commission.

At the project meeting, participants took stock of the progress made with regard to developing the IMPACT Europe evaluation toolkit, discussing a first set of software mock-ups and carefully reviewing toolkit inputs and outputs. The toolkit will be based on a standardised methodology, which will help counter violent radicalisation practitioners to identify the evaluation methods most appropriate to their programmes and to learn about good practice with respect to carrying out evaluations. With a view to ensuring the methodological robustness of the toolkit, consortium partners also discussed the evaluation design that will underpin the assessment of the effectiveness of the evaluation toolkit during the pilot phase.

At the project meeting, consortium partners also confirmed their approach to developing training material accompanying the IMPACT Europe evaluation toolkit. Discussions revolved around conceptual and operational content to be covered in the IMPACT Europe training manual, IMPACT Europe’s vision for the training course, and the mitigation of potential challenges.

On the second day of their meeting in Brussels, IMPACT Europe consortium partners also had the opportunity to provide the European Commission with a comprehensive update on progress made with regard to meeting IMPACT Europe’s objectives since the project’s launch in January 2014 and to discuss strategies for ensuring the continued visibility and future sustainability of IMPACT Europe outputs.