Aiming to evaluate the impact on participants of the last activity hosted by the Fundació Catalunya Voluntària: the international workshop ‘Fine Arts for FINE Learning’, from 25 to 31 March in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), as usual practice, we used a 3 pages anonymous questionnaire completed by the participants on the last day to evaluate the level of accomplishment of their expectations, identify what they have learned and found to what extent was fostering specific skills development. It is always helping us to find spaces for improvement to understand to what extent the activity was useful and, this time, to show evidence of the extent to which non-formal learning methodology can be successfully combined with fine arts. 

Participants also evaluated the program activities in terms of practiced skills and what they learned, and they also gave feedback on the venue where training took place.

The results have been the following: when asked about their individual perception of the level of achievement of the general and specific objectives,  the average result of the 3 general objectives was 9.25 out of 10 (!), with values of 9.23, 9.23, and 9.31; being the following objectives: 1) to perceive fine arts as a valid tool to provide FINE* learning; 2) to upgrade my CAPACITIES to create innovative FINE learning activities and 3) to foster my INTEREST to create innovative FINE learning activities.

The score of the results is more satisfying yet in terms of specific objectives, with an average of 9.28. The results were: 1) to learn from each other new tools, techniques, and activities to respond to the same critical learning needs, both of participants and of young people they work with: 9,23; 2) to analyze and find out FINE learning though Arts can be a valid approach to improve self-esteem, social leadership, resilience, empathy, creativity, and teamwork of young individuals: 9,23; 3) to learn how non-formal and intercultural learning methodology and fine arts can be complementary and valid to develop those skills: 9,31; and 4) to gain encouragement to take part on the next projects and activities: 9,38.

In the questionnaire, we also collected the data about the specific skills: how useful were the activities to develop them. The average results for each one of six competences we look into were the following: teamwork: 9,46; creativity:  9,36; social leadership: 8,54; resilience: 8,72; empathy: 9,52 and self-esteem: 8,56

Participants were also asked to evaluate the hotel in which the project was placed. The general satisfaction of it was 8,33 out of 10. 

The quantitative evaluation gave very high results, the same happened with the written parts of the questionnaires, with very positive answers, emotional and complimenting words. The great success of the activity couldn’t be reached if not for the engagement of the 5 promoter organizations: AMC (Portugal), EKE (Hungary), USB (Greece), and HRYO (Italy), and the 4 facilitators in the team: Miriam, Lolo, Marco, and Lluc. We also would like to thank Zhaklina and Théo for their support, and Judit, Nikola, Gaelle, Stefano, Cília, Ele, Leo, Pela, Ines, Joana, Bertino, and Birami for the activities they proposed and implemented during the activity.

Thank you all for your contribution to the program! 

The learning activity ‘Fine Arts for FINE Learning’ has been implemented with the support of the Erasmus + program of the European Commission (KA2 extraordinary call for the development of strategic partnerships in response to the situation caused by COVID-19, focused on the development of skills and inclusion through creativity and the arts).

Lluc Martí

Project coordinator