The project duration is of 12 months (December 2013 - December 2014).
The WIT project will implement 3 main types of activities:

  • Benchmarking analysis and development of the geo-referenced system WITGIS;
  • Organisation of 13 inter-institutional international events;
  • Creation of a widespread network for knowledge dissemination.

The WIT Project consists of the following basic Work Packages (WPs):

WP1 Project management:

managementForesees the creation and activation of the WIT working group WIT, the development of instruments and procedures for project management; the organization of three coordination meetings and a constant monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the progress of project (with quarterly deadlines) as well, consistently with the PROGRESS Program’s rules.

WP2 Communication:

communicationThe communication and dissemination of the project results will be assured since the preparation of the opening conference till the closing project event. A high emphasis will be given to the design, publication and dissemination of promotional materials as well. Central importance will be attributed to the design and care of the project web platform contents as well and to the activation of a Community of Practice (CoP), able to create a network of professionals in the social sector at European level.

WP3 Analysis of benchmarking and development of the geo-referenced WITGIS atlas:

benchmarkingThe partners will focus on the development and publication of a benchmarking analysis that will take as a reference the four target areas. A set of 30 best practices, corresponding to innovative on going European projects and initiatives on the theme of social welfare and social management, will be identified. A central aspect of WP3 will be the development of a geo-referenced system, WITGIS for the Social Innovation of New Skills for the White Jobs.

WP4 Inter-institutional international events:

events13 international events that will take place in the four European partner countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Germany and Lithuania) will facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices on the issues of social innovation and new skills. Two international conferences  (in Berlin and in Sofia) based on periodic snapshots of the system WITGIS will accompany the development of the series of WIT transnational events. Three round tables  will be organized in Milan, Berlin, Vilnius, addressing the challenges of contemporary open social issues: from "The family composition, the effects of labour relations and the difficulties of financing the transition in an era of budget constraints", to the "The quality of social work, educational needs and changes in the structure of social work," and to that of "New skills of the 21st century to promptly respond to needs of a constantly evolving labour market". Three seminars  will be held in Milan, Sofia and Vilnius, followed by workshops (5 in total)  which will allow to develop and explore the following topics:

  • Improvement of information systems  on the needs of skills, job opportunities, career guidance for those entering the labour market;
  • Pioneering social innovation devices  enabling public-private partnerships in the management of social services;
  • Enhancement of multi-skilling profiles  as part of a more inclusive social welfare;
  • Defining a new set of courses oriented to the management of specific social services  and updating training courses for cross-sectorial social sector professionals;
  • Strengthening entrepreneurship in the social services sector  and search for innovative forms of financing social work.

The results of these activities will be collected and published in the "White Paper - WIT for innovative changes in the health and social sectors"  that will be presented during the project closing conference.

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Province of Milan

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National Development Agency

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Alice Salomon University of Applied Science

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University of Vilnius - Faculty of Philosophy

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