Multicultural Centre in Warsaw









Good Practice Criteria

Inclusivity & Participation

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

The Multicultural Centre in Warsaw is open to everyone, whether migrant or Pole. Information concerning its services is available in different languages and in different formats, both online and offline. All potential visitors to the centre are asked about their own specific needs, and special attention is paid to the needs of those with a disability. Sign language interpreters are also arranged when necessary. If it is known that mobility impaired participants will attend an event, it will take place on the ground floor.


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?

Most of the centre’s events are aimed at both migrants and the host society, and representatives of the host society can both participate in and organise events. The centre welcomes Polish volunteers. Its mission is to promote tolerance and the image of Warsaw as a multicultural metropolis; diverse and open to all. The centre organises educational events for children and adults, including lessons in schools to familiarise children with multiculturalism.


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?

Beneficiaries have ample opportunity to co-create activities within the project, including by organising their own events in the centre’s space. They can also reserve space at the centre to work. In addition, they are asked to evaluate the services provided by the centre, primarily through an anonymous satisfaction survey.


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 was preceded by a needs assessment, although not all needs – such as those related to the massive influx of refugees from Ukraine, for example – could be foreseen. After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war the centre was able to adapt its activities to become a central support point for refugees from Ukraine, running a hotline with 12 operators and a transportation service to take individuals to their accommodation. To identify gaps in integration support, the centre analyses relevant research conducted by academics, think tanks and NGOs. Its representatives do have the capacity to effect significant systemic change, but are involved in official consultations on urban policies that relate to diversity and migrant integration.


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 centre’s activities contribute significantly to the empowerment of migrants and the strengthening of their autonomy and long-term integration. Visitors can partake in language courses, access information services and counselling – including career counselling -, organise their own events, and even run micro-offices in the space. In addition, the centre itself employs foreigners, giving them the opportunity to improve their linguistic, social and professional competences. It runs an information desk and provides legal advice, including by handling discrimination cases. It also organises anti-discrimination workshops.

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?

As the centre is a City of Warsaw project, it forms part of the strategies and policies of the city.

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.


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

Most of the centre’s activities are within the framework of the project devised by the Warsaw authorities, and are planned for a duration of three years. The project has a budget and a timetable, and activities correspond to 17 measurable and achievable performance indicators. A communication strategy is a requirement of the project.


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?

The centre’s performance is monitored and evaluated monthly, according to certain indicators. External evaluations are also carried out from time to time. Satisfaction surveys are also conducted among beneficiaries, and these show that activities are considered successful by participants.

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?

Since the Warsaw authorities run the centre, the practice is treated as a permanent fixture.

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.

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)

The centre is run jointly by four NGOs, including three migrant organisations, which collaborate with city authorities. In addition to this, other actors organise events and activities free of charge in the centre’s space.


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.


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