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In the ever-evolving landscape of social enterprise, collaboration is a vital ingredient for success. Recognizing this, the Euclid Network (EN) relaunches its groundbreaking initiative: PeerEx. Designed to foster collaboration among EN members and enhance  capacity to support social enterprises, PeerEx is positioned to enhance and help facilitate  the way organisations interact, learn, and grow together.

Purpose and Objectives

At its core, PeerEx aims to facilitate collaboration among EN members, enabling them to exchange knowledge, ideas, and experiences. By doing so, it seeks to bolster the support and programming offered to social enterprises, ultimately leading to greater positive impact.

The project’s objectives are to :
– Support emergent collaborative ideas
– Strengthening cross-border collaboration
– Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and learnings from diverse country contexts
– Create meaningful connections between  EN members

Principles of Peer Learning

Central to PeerEx is the principle of peer learning, a two-way, reciprocal learning activity aimed at mutual benefit. This methodology emphasizes the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and experiences among participants, fostering interdependent and mutual learning.

To ensure the effectiveness of peer exchange, PeerEx is built upon four key principles:

1. Objectives: Peer learning emphasizes sharing and mutuality, driving objectives that focus on exchanging knowledge, increasing organizational capacity, and building new networks.

2. Peer Engagement: High levels of engagement are essential for maximizing learning outcomes. Peers are encouraged to engage honestly and actively, reflecting on their learnings regularly.

3. Clear Structure: A well-defined process with clear timelines and objectives ensures all participants are aware of expectations and can navigate the exchange effectively.

4. Facilitator/Mentor Support: Adequate support from facilitators and mentors is crucial for guiding participants through the peer learning process, ensuring commitment and self-determination.

Financial Guidelines and Selection Process

PeerEx operates within the framework of the ESF+ 2024, providing financial support for participants.  Eligible costs include travel, accommodation, and food.

The selection process involves a thorough assessment of applicants based on specific criteria, including organisational representation, position level, commitment, and knowledge requirements. A committee oversees the selection, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Matching and Preparation

The matching process pairs peers based on case-specific criteria or by involving peers directly in the matching process. This phase lays the foundation for collaboration, fostering trust, understanding, and mutual commitment between peers.

Preparation involves structuring the exchange, identifying challenges, and setting objectives tailored to the theme of the program. Peers engage both individually and organisationally, building know-how and aligning their efforts towards common goals.

Implementation and Evaluation

The implementation phase sees peers engaging in exchanges over a two-month period, supported by facilitators and relevant stakeholders. Evaluation is integral to measuring learning outcomes, assessing peer engagement, and gathering feedback to inform future iterations of the program. At the end of the process, participants will be required to submit a written reflection of their learnings of the process and the findings from their collaboration.

Timing

15 May – Launch and call for applications online

04 June- Driving Positive Change Webinar about Peer Ex 2024 

14 June – Close call for applications

17 June – 21 June – Match peers and communicate results

25 June – Online Meetup to all involved in the exchanges 

July – September – Exchanges

08 October – Online Meet up to exchange Feedback. 

17 October – Participants to submit final written report to EN

06 / 07 November (tbc)- Peer Exchange in person Meetup and presentation at EN AGM. 

November – Deadline for the delivery of project report to European Commission.

Sustainability and Knowledge Transfer

The sustainability of PeerEx lies in the effective transfer of knowledge acquired by individual peers to their organisations. Activities such as post-exchange group-based learning, staff involvement, and alumni groups are essential for maintaining momentum and fostering ongoing collaboration.

Conclusion

As the Euclid Network’s PeerEx project unfolds, it heralds a new era of collaboration and knowledge exchange within the social enterprise sector. By unlocking the collective wisdom of its members, PeerEx holds the promise of driving meaningful change and creating a more resilient and impactful ecosystem for social innovation.

For more information regarding this project please contact:

 Helen Maynard-Hill
Head of Community Engagement, Communications and Events  

T: +31 (0) 6 434 585 24 | helen@euclidnetwork.eu

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