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About peer learning

Peer learning is all about sharing knowledge – both within the European CF network and with experts or organizations on a larger scale.

Peer learning is all about sharing knowledge – both within the European CF network and with experts or organizations on a larger scale. Its goal is to build supportive working relationships between stakeholders and active participants, as well as to improve the impact and scope of CF projects. By bringing together people from all areas of the CF landscape, ECFI creates valuable peer learning opportunities. Thus it helps to improve the dialogue between theory and practice, removes obstacles between CF organizations due to insularity and diversity, and looks into challenges and successes of CF. To begin with, ECFI will implement the following peer learning platforms. As future needs become clearer, additional projects will be developed.

CF study visits

These intensive programmes of 7–10 days are attended by up to 30 CF and research experts from all over Europe. In meetings, seminars as well as on-site visits, participants interact with several community foundations in the host country. Discussion forums and brainstorming meetings allow participants with varying backgrounds to approach CF in different ways, and to share their ideas for the future of CF in Europe. After each study visit, participants write reflection papers and discuss them within their group. These papers are also made available in the ECFI online space – both as a resource for those unable to attend and as a starting point for further activities.
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CF2CF exchanges

In this cross-national peer activity, a group of representatives from one CF visits its counterparts in a different country for the purpose of intercultural dialogue. In this way, hosts and visitors are able to build mutually beneficial relationships. These are based on the fruitful exchange of experiences, strategies and implementation methods in the field of CF. By offering the opportunity for repeated or return visits, participants are encouraged to deepen their commitment to the exchange and develop long-term professional bonds. Without any pressure: since the focus is on quality interaction and knowledge transfer, no specific results or findings are expected from exchanges.
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Theme-based peer meetings

These meetings are held over a number of days, allowing CF players from all parts of Europe to get together and discuss key issues of the CF development. As they vary from event to event, it is made sure that topics relevant to all CF participants are addressed. For example, the chosen themes may derive from questions raised during CF study visits, or they may highlight areas not yet covered by other peer learning platforms. Although being quite flexible, the format of these meetings is always designed to explore the set topic in great depth.
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Online Space

With this project, ECFI is developing an online platform for multiple peer learning purposes. It is designed to facilitate ongoing communication between participants from earlier activities, to announce upcoming projects, and to make it easier to share ECFI resources and materials.



Boris Strečanský

Peer Learning Expert

Phone +421 (0)90 340 3362