Bydelsmødre (Neighbourhood Mothers)










Good Practice Criteria

Inclusivity & Participation

Does the practice ensure that its services are accessible and responsive to diverse groups?

The project aims to support and empower vulnerable and isolated migrant women, women with disabilities and women who have experienced trauma. These women are linked with a group of ‘Neighbourhood Mothers’ – women from the local community – who offer their support in better understanding and navigating society and their children’s needs. The approach is accessible in that it is multilingual, and it relies on ‘peer-to-peer’ delivery, for both groups and individuals.

Good practice checklist

✓ Adopt a participatory, gender mainstreaming, age sensitive, inclusive approach and secure equal opportunities for beneficiaries.

✓ Make sure to provide precise and accessible information on how to access services in different languages, formats and through different communication channels

✓ Ensure that equality and diversity are an essential part of how services are delivered, taking into consideration different needs and capacities.

✓ Make reasonable adjustments to service delivery in order to take into account particular needs of the target group.

Does the practice involve the active participation of the receiving society?

One of the main goals of the project is to build a bridge between participating migrant women and local or state authorities. For some local groups the municipality is an active partner, and for most groups the local housing administration is a key stakeholder. An important part of the project is the building of social and referral networks for migrant women, which reinforces their capacity to actively participate in society.

Good practice checklist

✓ Consider integration as a two-way process, and aim for change on the side of the receiving society.

✓ Foresee an active role for the receiving society in the design and implementation stages of the practice, and involve actions that encourage native communities and beneficiaries to work together.

Does the practice consult its beneficiaries and involve them in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the action?

Group activities are designed and delivered at the local level, and a national secretariat coordinates all local groups. Participants are all able to provide input on relevant project strategies. Project delivery is overseen by a leading group of seven people who are democratically elected every year.


Good practice checklist

✓ Organise consultation activities with migrant beneficiaries in order to co-create actions where possible and secure their feedback on the design and evaluation of the action.

✓ Provide appropriate feedback mechanisms by which beneficiaries can safely express their opinions on service quality.

✓ Use flexible and interculturally-adapted formats and compensate participants for their contribution.

Relevance & Complementarity

Are the objectives of the practice relevant to the needs of the migrants?

The project aims to empower both the Neighbourhood Mothers and participating migrant women. The education services focus on improving these women’s knowledge of society and their children’s needs, which benefits both the women and their families in the short and long term.

Good practice checklist

✓ Identify and analyse the needs of the relevant migrants and prioritise methods which directly ask them about their needs.

✓ Identify and analyse gaps in integration support and design actions to fill these gaps.

✓ Aim for systemic improvement, satisfying the needs of the majority of target groups in the target area.

Is the practice relevant to the empowerment of migrants, the strengthening of their autonomy and the support of their long-term integration?

The practice empowers its participants and strengthens their capacity to self-support, building on the understanding that a mother is often instrumental in the social and cultural integration of her whole family. The social networks and personal connections built during participation in the practice, as well as the building of knowledge at the individual level, serve to strengthen the integration of migrant women in Danish society

Good practice checklist

✓ Devise actions with the overarching goal of providing positive feedback and making migrants more confident, autonomous and independent.

✓ Contribute to migrants’ engagement with the community for the common good.

✓ Ensure that services contribute to the strengthening of the capacities of migrants/migrant communities.

✓ Include (or create the preconditions for) actions that facilitate long-term integration.

✓ Address discrimination and information gaps as obstacles to long-term integration.

Does the practice align with the priorities, strategic goals and policies of other relevant stakeholders, and contribute to the wider integration framework?

The project aligns with official integration goals at both national and local level, such as the better inclusion of refugee and migrant women in society. During the education courses human rights and conventions are discussed, with particular reference to Denmark’s rules around secure rights for children, gender equality and equal rights for sexual minorities. Participants are expected to respect these rights and rules in their meetings with women under the project, even if they do not agree with them on a personal level.

Good practice checklist

✓ Ensure that all actions are in line with international and European human rights standards.

✓ Employ regional/local, national and EU/international level integration-related guidelines and tools.

– Make sure that the services offered contribute to the strengthening of the capacities of relevant institutions to support future development.


Is the practice adequately planned and based on a comprehensive design?

The large-scale project has been running for many years and generally sees positive outcomes, although improvements have been suggested (some of which have already been made). Each Neighbourhood Mother fills out a questionnaire every year about her own personal achievements, and keeps track of every conversation or meeting with migrant mother participants.

Good practice checklist

✓ Aim for actions that achieve observable outcomes among the target group or contribute to changes during the implementation of the action.

✓ Make sure that the objectives and planned results of the activity are feasible and clear.

– Develop a communications strategy during the design phase of the action and pay attention to communication with host communities and local authorities.

✓ Ensure the practice is based on indicators that are measurable, achievable, and relevant.

✓ Develop a staff management plan to identify team members with the right skills to work with beneficiaries, and their needs for training and further qualification.

Does the practice regularly monitor implementation and evaluate its results?

Several independent evaluations of the practice have been carried out, with the most recent taking place in 2016. Since then, an internal evaluation system has been in place. Each Neighbourhood Mother is asked on an annual basis to identify personal changes that have taken place as a result of her participation in the project, and to take notes on every conversation or meeting she has with migrant mother participants. The success of local groups is measured according to ten different indicators, and any problems identified during this process are discussed at annual network meetings.

Good practice checklist

✓ Ensure regular monitoring of action implementation and compare actual performance to goals set during the design phase.

✓ Anticipate obstacles that might occur and plan alternative scenarios during the design phase of the action.

✓ Ensure achievement of intended outputs / outcomes.

✓ Determine whether practice outcomes are considered successful by beneficiaries, the host and practitioner communities, funders, and policymakers.

− Assess whether interventions contribute to long-term sustainable change.


Is the practice prepared to sustain its positive effects after completion?

The effects of the practice – increased knowledge and the development of various social networks – are self-sustaining. Project financing is stable and will continue in the long-term. The effects of the practice – increased knowledge and the development of various social networks – are self-sustaining. Project financing is stable and will continue in the long-term. 

Good practice checklist

✓ During the design phase, anticipate opportunities to continue the intervention after completion.

✓ Prepare and apply a well-defined sustainability plan to ensure the continuation of positive effects / outcomes.

✓ Devote resources to building capacities during the implementation phase, in order to ensure that the necessary human resources, expertise and infrastructure are in place to sustain the services upon completion of the action.

Does the practice attract structural funding and support from new sponsors and individuals, or have the potential to develop a business model to generate its own resources?

The project already attracts funding from large and stable sources, but there is no potential for the development of a business model except in the sense that local municipalities may offer sustained support. The whole project relies on various degrees of partnership or collaboration with social housing companies and municipalities.

Good practice checklist

✓ Develop partnerships and relations with relevant stakeholders at the early stage of the action to ensure that the practice has strong support and potential partners for after the primary funding terminates.

✓ Identify new EU and national funding opportunities for long-term integration (e.g., shifting from project-based initiatives that are limited in time or dependent on one (external) donor to a comprehensive, multi-year strategy based on secured funding or diverse funding opportunities).

– Diversify funding opportunities and identify options for self-financing through business activities or social entrepreneurship.

Partnership & Collaboration

Does the practice establish communication and coordination with other relevant actors to foster the integration of migrants? (e.g., migrants, civil society, public authorities, businesses)

Key stake holders such as municipalities, civil society and housing companies are already an integrated part of the project.

Good practice checklist

✓ Ensure the involvement and participation of key stakeholders in the development phase and create strategies to involve them in the action.

✓ Include multi-stakeholder consultation with professionals, institutions, and citizens, in order to promote the meaningful participation of refuges and migrants and support a joint sense of ownership of decisions and actions.

Does the practice contribute to discussion on the improvement of integration support policies?

This project does not have many means of influencing national integration policies, but is able to effect change in local approaches to integration through its embeddedness in local communities.

Good practice checklist

✓ Seize opportunities to contribute to the development of comprehensive integration strategies involving EU-level/national/regional/local authorities, service providers and civil society.

✓ Work with relevant partners to jointly review operations, practices, services, and integration outcomes.


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