Last few months, our Austrian colleagues Lisa Filzmoser and Florian Hinterberger, aided by in-house experts and the generous support of their colleagues,have been developing the new competence mapping method „Competence Kaleidoscope“. Starting with the first data collection in Uherské Hradiště in October 2015, they have been busily working to develop a new method suitable for our main target groups, socially disadvantaged with lower education and low self-esteem.
The development was a very intense process, taking into consideration data from the clients and trainers of the four partner organizations, discussions with trainers and various experts and experience from other competence mapping methods such as CH-Q. They also did extensive research on existing methods, both in literature and in practice.
After 5 months of research and data collection, they finally developed a core concept for the new method. It was agreed the method will have a modular structure, in order to make the usage as flexible as possible. There are 7 different modules, each lasting for about 4 hours, covering a wide range of topics, from working on ones own biography and the self- and public image, to formulating goals and planning steps towards them.
The greatest benefit of the method is it minimizes the amount of written work for our clients. Most of the existing competence mapping methods require a lot of writing, which makes them unsuitable for our target groups. We incorporated various materials, such as the Competence Cards by the Bertelsmann-Stiftung, games, role-plays and many other artistic ways of expression, in order to serve the needs of our target groups and make “Competence Kaleidoscope” an extraordinary experience!
The next step comes now in September, when the future trainers will come to Linz to be trained in the new method for one week. After this training session, each partner organization will hold several courses for clients, which will be evaluated for the restructuring phase following afterwards.