Arcola Research LLP
Arcola Research (https://www.arcola-research.co.uk) is a limited liability partnership (LLP) – an independent research organisation based in London and established in 2007. It works in the following areas: technology development; evaluation; social science research; organisational development; project management. The organization works on a ‘distributed’ organisational structure. In belongs to an extensive network of international institutions, researchers and evaluators that gives access to a worldwide knowledge base and community of practice. The participation of different organisations and people from this network depends on the nature and scope of the specific research being carried out. Arcola Research LLP provides research, evaluation and consultancy services. It works across a number of sectors – including health, criminal justice, youth issues, social inclusion, education and training, technology development – and for different kinds of clients, including government, the private sector, NGOs and community groups. Arcola has co-ordinated and participated in a range of EU-funded projects, including FP programmes, Lifelong Learning Programme, Tempus Programme, Policy Support Programme, Prevention of Crime Programme, Erasmus+ and H2020.
UNIR iTED – the Research Institute for Innovation and Technology in Education (http://research.unir.net), of the International University of La Rioja (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja; UNIR, http://www.unir.net) works on selected scientific and humanistic fields of study with particular focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) applied to education (Technology-Enhanced Learning) and Innovation in Education. UNIR iTED works on a number of research lines, which are mutually complementary the most relevant to the Comanity action being Adaptive and Collaborative Learning, Learning analytics, Design, publishing and distribution of digital multimedia and interactive contents., Implementation of multiplatform and multi-device learning resources and methods, eLearning standards, interoperability and systems integration, Social learning and learning networks, Visual environments for user model authoring, and content authoring, Use, modification, implementation and evaluation of ICTs in the classroom, with a special focus on didactics, learning strategies and teaching methods.
COOPERATIVA SOCIALE BORGORETE
Società Cooperativa Sociale BorgoRete (SCSB, www.borgorete.it ) was founded in February 2007, from the merging of two social cooperatives, both founded in 1979. The two cooperatives progressively extended their fields of work and their aims, seeking to reconcile opposing values and practices, such as localism and the wider perspective, paid and voluntary work, the theoretical ideal and practical reality. Nowadays, the cooperative BorgoRete employs c.a.160 people in the region of Umbria as paid staff and voluntary people. Borgorete’s mission is to promote social competences at the level of the community, its main objectives are:
• Promoting social integration particularly among the most disadvantaged groups in the social, social-health and educational domains;
• Raising the awareness of the general population of social justice issues to promote human rights and combat the most common factors of discrimination and social inequality.
• Promoting the “cooperative” model as an original and successful social enterprise model.
• Valorising and recognising the value of each member both as a person and as a worker, promoting participation in the life of the cooperative and guaranteeing advantageous working conditions, professional growth and continuous learning.
It is member of the CNCA, one of the most important national networks of social rehabilitation and caring centres, and of the strongest consortia and umbrella organisations: Consorzio ABN and Consorzio Auriga.
M2I http://www.mind2innovate.org is a recently launched private organization based in Athens, specializing in research in learning and learning innovation to address both social and organizational productivity problems and in developing and promoting learning system solutions to address both economic recovery and social inclusion and justice. It originated from MENON GR Research, the consulting spin-off of the MENON Network, established in Athens, since 2013, focusing on providing support to evidence-based policy making in the fields of Education and other Social Affairs policy making sectors, across the world and especially in Greece during the years of the crisis. The staff have extensive experience in the areas of social and e-Inclusion, Lifelong, Life-wide and intergenerational learning, community development as well as the implementation, maintenance and evaluation of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) solutions, in different areas and for different target groups, with a particular focus on disadvantaged learners, including migrants.
CEPCEP (Study Centre on Peoples and Cultures) http://icm.fch.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptpl_fachome.asp?SSPAGEID=1013&lang=1 is a research centre of the Portuguese Catholic University, established in February 1983. CEPCEP pursues the development of culture, knowledge, advanced research, and co-operation in the intellectual, artistic, technological and scientific fields, bringing together people from different walks in life and from various continents. In accordance with its charter, CEPCEP aims at furthering the understanding of human and cultural interactions throughout the world and the collaboration in the advancement of knowledge in all fields related to human and social behaviour.
CEPCEP has carried out many research projects in the domains of education, skills, formal and non-formal learning, ICT learning, labour market, skills anticipation, human capital forecasting, medium and long-term employment scenarios, labour market surveys, evaluation of European employment strategies, evaluation of major re-skilling public policies, skills audit, low-skilled policy, migrants and job opportunities, unemployment profiling, labour market barometer, early warning indicators of labour fluctuations, occupational mobility, wages and qualifications in the labour force, econometric estimations of macro and micro employment creation and destruction, organisational innovation, migration policy and equity, education and training needs in the context of lifelong learning programmes.