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Accreditation Review

Courtesy of Phillie Casablanca

Courtesy of Phillie Casablanca

I had a meeting with our new DofE, Accreditation and Outdoor Education Manager today as part of their induction as the stragtegic direction for accreditation and Recorded Outcomes fall under my remit. It was a really good meeting (or at least I hope so!). When I was preparing for the meeting I went back over the West Sussex Youth Service guide to Accreditation that I put together just under 2 years ago. (Wow! Doesn’t time fly!)  I know that there is a lot of debate around accredited outcomes and I have joined in a few. Jon Jolly is currently doing some research for his dissertation on Outcome Based Youth work, if you have the time to help out he has a very quick questionaire to fill in and would really appreciate it.

Overall however I’m positive about accredited and recorded outcomes, especially when they are built into youth work programmmes from the outset and are a product of the process. I think the difficulty is in picking the appropriate scheme for the work you’re doing and looking at different ways in which you can evidence work rather than through written portfolios. This is something I have asked our incoming manager to review and see where else we need to develop our guidance and support to youth workers.

This is also where I think that digital media can come into it’s own….I’m just figuring out the what and hows so that we can then roll out some supporting training for our staff. In particular I think there are 2 online platforms that could support Recorded Outcomes, these are Dipity with an example here of the Worthing Youth Mayors year and a newer one that I haven’t yet had a chance to explore more Capzles. So what do you think? Are there any particular online platforms you would recommend for this type of work?


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Comments on: "Accreditation Review" (6)

  1. you could have a look at rememble: http://www.rememble.com/

    I’m a fan of outcomes, less so of accreditation – but more on that later :-)

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Thank you for the link. I’ve had around 15 responses so far and a whole load of mixed opinions! Generally people seem to be saying that they see the benefit of recording outcomes, but the process is time-consuming, repetitive and often only justifies their post rather than showing development of young people.

    Accreditation seems controversial in these responses. Some people are saying young people want that sense of achievement, others are saying it’s too close to formal education and
    just ticks a box.

    Personally, I think you hit the nail on the head when you say

    “I’m positive about accredited and recorded outcomes, especially when they are built into youth work programmmes from the outset and are a product of the process.”

    I think accredited and recorded outcomes can only be successful in youth work where they are part of the bigger process and journey with young people. As soon as they become the focus or target to be achieved, they fail.

    I’ll write up and post the full responses soon.

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  4. It’s me again! I’m wondering if you would be willing to help me out practically with this dissertation….

    Basically my premise is that an outcome-based model of evaluation in youth work is flawed. However I do think that certain accreditation, and monitoring/evaluating youth work is essential. Therefore I’m trying to build a more suitable framework for evaluating youth work.

    Mike already has a model for me to build on and I’ve found similar ideas elsewhere. This is where you come in!

    Would it be acceptable for me to trial my model of evaluation over a few sessions in a WSCC youth club (maybe the Flintstone Centre)? I need to see how it would work in practice to be able to develop and critique what I have found. I feel a statutory club would be better suited as I would be able to compare it to the normal evaluation that occurs.

    No pressure, but thought I’d ask! Also, if you have time it would be good to meet up and discuss how accreditation plays a part in the WSCC curriculum.

    Jon

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