There will be 7 activities to implement the Project, as described below:

Activity 1-Management.

The project leader will establish a management plan for the achievement of all the milestones during the development of the project, including all the activities related to the monitoring of project, partnership coordination, communication and reporting. The project leader and the partners will be involved in the progress review to ensure that the schedule of milestones are met.

Activity 2-Design, development and implementation of a Quality Plan.

This activity will consist of a set of organisation activities and procedures that the consortium will use during the project to support its quality management, setting the quality required to carry out the project successfully.

A 2.1. Design and implementation of the quality plan
The project leader will produce the supported material (templates and checklists) to aid the control of the evolution of the project during the 2 years and will make easy for the partners to give feedback in their ongoing results. All partners will contribute to the quality follow-up stated, which will be checked during all Consortium Meetings.

A 2.2. Verification of the Quality Plan
Partners will be monitoring and feedback, helping to develop the project with satisfactory standards. The evaluation will include key areas such as European Added Value and Impact delivered by the project during the 2 years of implementation.

Activity 3- Conducting training needs analysis exercise

The aim of this task lead will be to gather information from laboratory workers (managers, researchers, students and technicians) to access what the situation is in terms of general knowledge on quality system into the laboratories.

A 3.1. Obtaining the information on Quality System knowledge.
ISQ will be leading the study with the contribution of all partners. The methodology used will be based in questionnaires, interviews to personnel from microbiology laboratory and organisation of working groups. The scope of the study will include all the countries represented in the consortium and some of the countries were members of the consortium have delegations.

A 3.2. Data analysis and definition of the main points to include in the training
Data analysis from the information gathered in A 3.1 studies will be done to identify the main issues and problems encountered by professionals when implementing a quality system in the laboratory as well as the gaps of knowledge in recently qualified students regarding this subject. The information will also reflect the preferences of the target groups to design the best way of delivering the information.

Activity 4- Development of the training program

This task will give as a result an e-learning interactive platform.

A 4.1. Development of contents of training program

The training program will be designed with the involvement of a team of people from the partners that are experts in food microbiological methods and standardization. From the results of the activity 3, contents will be designed and delivered in English and translated by each partner to its own language.

A 4.2. Adaptation and Inclusion to Moodle e-learning interactive platform
The e-learning program will be based in Moodle, an open source and collaborative platform, allowing multiple tools for e-learning. In this task, the contents developed in A 4.1 will be included in a platform to be ready to use for the pilot studies.

Activity 5-Conducting of pilot studies

In this activity several pilot studies will be performed in each of the partners region with a selected group of trainees from each country.

A 5.1. Selection of the pilot trainees and development of the training.
The pilot will be carried out by a minimum of 20 trainees from each country of the consortium and the countries were Activity of Needs analysis has been done. The trainees will be enrolled in the on-line learning programme developed in Activity 4 and follow up the course following the normal schedule.

A 5.2. Evaluation of result
Trainees taking part in A 5.2 will be given an evaluation questionnaire and feedback from trainees will be implemented in the course. The data will be collected via Moodle (online questionnaire and feedback form).

Activity 6- Dissemination

All the partners will actively contribute to the dissemination of the course in their own countries. The Dissemination Plan will include both on-line and off-line actions for each target group of stakeholders. It is foreseen the use of both technical and general language to address the different stakeholders in order to ensure maximum impact and involvement in the project.
The main dissemination means foreseen for this project are: project website, corporate image of the project (i.e. logo), dissemination materials, news in the partners’ own newsletters, articles in specialized press, multiplier events, congress, etc.

Activity 7- Exploitation

A plan for ensuring the sustainability of the project, with several activities, being the most important, the introduction of the course into the partners training portfolio and transferring of the course to other domains.


MICROQLAB PROJECT - Training in innovation through the Quality System in Food Microbiological Laboratories
Erasmus+ programme

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