The project had set an ambitious target of engaging between 140 and 280 attendees during its multiplier events. We are pleased to report that the consortium exceeded this goal, attracting a total of 331 participants. The objective was, via a strategic effort to disseminate the developed curriculum and training materials, the partners organised a specialised Multiplier/Exploitation Event. This event was designed to accommodate approximately 20 to 40 attendees and primarily consisted of healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders. The objective was to maximise impact while laying the groundwork for enhanced cross-sectoral collaboration and understanding of the project's unique aspects.
The event agenda was meticulously structured and included the following segments:
- Introduction and Presentation of the Project
- Research Insights on the Subject Matter
- Detailed Presentation of the Curriculum
- Mini Training Session
- Summary and Feedback Session
Through this comprehensive approach, we successfully fostered a deeper understanding and facilitated better cooperation among all involved parties.
Pilot Training Program
In the context of the pilot training program, a total of 192 individuals participated, which significantly surpassed our initial target of enrolling between 60 to 100 individuals. This level of participation not only underscores the interest in the program but also provides a robust sample for evaluating its effectiveness. Furthermore, all partner organisations reported marked improvements in the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices behaviour (KAPb) survey. These improvements were evident both immediately after the training and at follow-up intervals of either three or six months. In addition to these quantitative metrics, qualitative feedback collected from participants provided additional validation of the program's success. The feedback overwhelmingly indicated that the training was perceived as both successful and highly useful, thereby affirming its relevance and impact. This confluence of quantitative and qualitative data suggests that the training program has been effective in achieving its objectives and offers significant value to its participants.
The final meeting of EuroTEQ
The final meeting of EuroTEQ took placin in Iași, Romania on the 10th of June, 2023. In the meeting all the intellectual outputs were discussed. It was unanimously agreed that all the aforementioned intellectual outputs have been successfully achieved. Further, the feedback received from the consortium partners was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the effectiveness of the team's collaborative efforts and their commitment to the project's objectives. This successful completion of the project deliverables marks a significant milestone and sets a strong foundation for any future initiatives.
Meeting in Serbia
Our partner in Niš, Serbia, hosted the fourth meeting on the 11th of March, 2023. The project consortium went over all the deliverables and the current status. The partners presented the three months KAP results from the pilot training, which clearly indicated that the participants retained the knowledge from the pilot training. The qualitative evaluation component provided insightful comments about the developed material and the training courses. The feedback from the participants where overwhelmingly positive, and they thought the training was really useful on many levels. All in all, 160 participants completed the pilot training.
The implementation of the training course or a seminar as a multiplier event arranged by the partners (Estonia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and the Netherlands) for healthcare professionals and students, members of NGOs and other relevant stakeholders is in progress.
Researchers from Horizon programme benefit from Euroteq training
The European Cleft Organisation (Netherlands) was asked by the European Reference Network for Craniofacial Anomalies to coordinate training for PhD students on how to communicate complex scientific information to lay people. The training took place at UMC Erasmus hospital, Rotterdaù on 24 February. The students are part of the Horizon-funded NEUcrest programme which is training 15 creative and innovative PhD students investigating the overall genetic, molecular and epigenetic regulation of the Neural Crest tissue in human health (many craniofacial anomilies are the result, of defects in the neural crest) For more information see https://neucrest.curie.fr/. ECO was delighted to use this opportunity to showcase and promote the EUROTEQ training materials, in particular in relation to health literacy, vulnerable groups, and barriers to recruitment in research and communication. The students were keen to further their knowledge in these areas. An interesting aspect of the day were presentations by patient representatives from different craniofacial groups explaining real life challenges for individual born with craniofacial conditions. A presentation on ‘good communication’ prepared by some of these patient representatives will provide useful and unique additional resources for the EUROTEQ project.
Meeting in Slovenia
Our Slovenian partner Spominčica - Alzheimer Slovenija hosted the consortium at their venue. The focus of the meeting was for the partners to report on how the pilot training has worked. The overall consensus was that the developed material is very functional and has received good feedback from the participants attending the pilot training. The goal was to pilot the training on 60 – 100 participants; so far, we have piloted it on 130 participants. The European Cleft Organisation and OAMGMAMR IASI will still provide feedback on their pilot training.
Triskelion went over the developed handbook, which generated fruitful discussions between the partners in a positive atmosphere.
Then, HKR facilitated a lecture about Group Concept Mapping, and after that, the first step in this evaluation process was initiated with the consortium members.
On May 20, 2022 Unimed Clinic's annual Spring Conference for health care professionals took place in Pärnu, Estonia with 370 participants. During conference several satellite sessions were held, where project coordinator Triin Jagomägi (University of Tartu) promoted the Erasmus+ project Euroteq and introduced its activities and main goals.
Second physical meeting in Kristianstad, Sweden
The second physical meeting took place in Kristianstad, Sweden, on the 5th of March, 2022. The consortium went over the current status of the project in detail. The most significant outcome is that it was decided that the developed curriculum should be split into two separate courses.
1. Clinical research and measurement literacy
2. Vulnerable groups and inclusion.
Then the partners discussed the pilot testing and generated a strategy for this component. The last aspects discussed were project management and dissemination.
Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece
The projects first physical meeting took place between the 19 - 20 November 2021 (2 days) at Geniko Nosokomeio Papageorgiou. At the meeting, the partners presented their national reports in detail via PowerPoint. Fruitful discussions took place, and it was agreed that some modifications were required in the reports.
In addition, the Swedish partner presented the developed training modules for the curriculum development output. The partners offered constructive feedback about how to make the modules a little bit easier to understand for the intended target groups.
The consortium agreed that the project is just slightly behind due to the impact of Covid-19. Modification to the time plan was implemented, and it was concluded that the project would be able to deliver all the intended outcomes as per the application.
Zoom meeting - 23rd of June 2021
The consortium members conducted a second zoom meeting in June to report on the progress of the two intellectual outputs. It was decided that the partners will present their reports at the planned physical meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 18 – 21 November 2021. At that time, the Swedish partner will facilitate a training session on the developed training curriculum. As part of IO1, the partnership generated an online survey for the intended target groups, which had over 260 respondents. The data will be analysed and presented as well in Thessaloniki.
Zoom meeting - Kick off
The partners conducted a Zoom meeting on the 18th of December 2020 to discuss how the project can adapt to the current COVID-19 situation. The main focus of the meeting was to have a short kick-off and discuss the project's objectives and how we can mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 situation. More specifically, the consortium focused on:
IO1: National Analysis and Survey – Program implementation: views from healthcare professionals and patient organisations
IO2 - Theoretical report: Clinical research and measurement literacy for improved transparency and equality in health across Europe
A fruitful discussion followed with the establishment of deadlines and outcomes in relation to the project application.