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Good Practice Criteria

Inclusivity & Participation

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

One of the core aims of Cepaim’s strategic plan is to build an intercultural, equitable, just, and inclusive society. These principles form the foundation of all its projects, including New Paths. The New Paths project ensures that its services are accessible and responsive to all target groups, with the flexibility to meet specific needs and make reasonable adjustments when necessary to ensure access for specific individuals.

Inspiring tools:

Inspiring tools: Cepaim’s Strategic Plan.

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?

The practice follows a programme of active engagement with local authorities, communities and beneficiary families in order to ensure their participation. The entire local community is involved in promoting social inclusion through the sponsoring of migrant families.

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?

Individuals and families are involved in the design of their own participation strategies, in order to promote their successful involvement. Flexible and interculturally appropriate approaches are taken for the training, and a comprehensive feedback mechanism is in place by which beneficiaries can share their opinions on project design, quality and evaluation.

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?

Through this project, Cepaim aims to provide a two-way response to the problem of depopulation of rural areas, as well as to the social and employment difficulties faced by many migrants, who are also at risk of social exclusion in urban environments. The project is designed around an interview process in which beneficiaries are given all the information needed to take the decision to move to a rural municipality. The project is evaluated and adjusted accordingly on an annual basis.

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?

This project furthers integration by increasing the ‘employability’ of its participants. It is built on an understanding of migrant family units as agents of rural community revitalisation, and an assumption that employment will promote their longer term integration. Extensive work is carried out to inform migrants about and prepare them for insertion into their new rural communities.

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 applies annually to a national call for proposals within the broader integration framework. In addition, it is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and therefore ensures its actions comply with the ESF integration guide. As well as working with local authorities, Cepaim advocates at regional and national level for better funding for integration and improved integration policies.

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 project has a strong, comprehensive strategic framework which has been extended to multiple regions. It includes achievable and observable outcomes, as well as clear and organised activities that meet SMART indicators. Moreover, in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Labour’s call for proposals, Cepaim has developed a solid staff management plan. It also has a strong communications plan, designed to meet the requirements of its ESF+ co-funding.

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 practice has in place a clear monitoring and evaluation process that includes mechanisms for gathering beneficiary feedback. In addition, risks are anticipated and identified through various mitigation measures. Training courses are continually improved as needed, and a magazine is also published regularly which promotes the project and shares relevant outcomes. Cepaim conducts follow-up activities with programme beneficiaries to ensure the sustainability of its outcomes.

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 project is designed to be sustainable in the long term, and relies on partnerships with relevant stakeholders to ensure this. Adequate training of the technical team also ensures its continuity.

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?

Partnerships developed with relevant stakeholders are maintained and renewed each year to ensure structural support. Diverse funding is one of the strengths of the project, as it is co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Labour and the European Union. It is a project with a long-term perspective.

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)

Nuevos Senderos ensures that key stakeholders – including a network of municipalities interested in receiving migrants and interested parties in the employment sector – are involved at every stage of the integration process.

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?

Building on the long-term success of the Nuevos Senderos project, the practice contributes to discussion around improvements to integration policies through advocacy and awareness-raising at European, national and regional level.

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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