Critical assessment and systematic commitment to organisational self-improvement are part of raising the status and quality of children as change agency work. The danger is that learning which occurs predominantly outside the compulsory space is perceived as ephemeral. Unless those leading such work are willing and able to critically assess their own practice then this perception will not be addressed.

The SiS Catalyst project developed a self-assessment tool in the form of a Diversity & Inclusion map for organisations and practitioners who are involved in science engagement programmes with children. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Map aims to assist organisations in refining and improving the essential aspects of their work:

  • the impact they aim to achieve;
  • the strategic embedding of programs and their sustainability;
  • cooperation, networking and communication skills;
  • engagement with target groups and inclusiveness;
  • evaluation and monitoring efforts.

 

The map is based on a 4 stage model:

Stage 1: Assess impact through the self assessment questionnaire

Stage 2: Reflect on the results and use the benchmarking tool to enable an in-depth comparison with other programmes and organisations across the EU

Stage 3: Translate, prioritise and put what had been learnt into action using the planning tool and a self-support manual which contains a range of tips, tricks and references to interesting literature with regard to creating a more safe and inclusive environment for children and staff.

Stage 4: Embed evaluation of the changes implemented as part of the self-assessment process. The Diversity and Inclusion Map includes examples of evaluation tools that can be used at this point.