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Good Practice Criteria

Inclusivity & Participation

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

The project has a focus on newcomer asylum seekers, but there are no specific criteria for the involvement or recruitment of beneficiaries. Activities are designed and implemented on a case-by-case basis to allow for a particularly inclusive and adaptable approach. The project relies on a web platform – connected with a network of partner stakeholders – on which activity information is promoted and disseminated. Migrant artists have their own profile, space, and events section on this platform. Equality and diversity are key principles in the ways in which the project is designed and implemented (recruitment; operating principles; stakeholder partnerships), as well as in its intended outcomes (artistic productions; co-creation).


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?

Homelands is a project that puts the receiving society at the centre of the support it delivers and the activities it runs. The overall point of the project is to connect non-migrant actors working in cultural institutions with migrant artists.


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?

Homelands is designed to ensure that migrant artists (beneficiaries) are the main actors in the design and implementation of project activities. Participants are not financially compensated, but involvement in the project offers them the possibility of starting or resuming their artistic career in the receiving context. Great importance is given to ensuring an inclusive and participatory feedback mechanism, in order to ensure that the voices of all the actors involved in the project are listened to.


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 objectives of the project are highly relevant to the needs of migrant artists, particularly those that relate to their integration and skills development, their establishment of a social and professional network within the cultural sector. The project aims to fill certain gaps in the local and national cultural sectors of Belgium by fostering the integration – and boosting the career – of migrant artists.


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 is extremely relevant to the empowerment and long-term integration of migrants, particularly as newcomers struggle to forge careers in arts and culture in the post-COVID-19 context. Socially speaking, the practice can help to mainstream a positive narrative around migrants and their capacity to interact with locals and be a part of public life.

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?

Ensuring diversity in the cultural and artistic sector is a national priority for Belgium. By focusing on the individual careers of migrant artists, and targeting newcomer refugees, the project represents a step forward in the traditional policy/practice scenario in Belgium (in which there is usually strong emphasis on diversity in the cultural offer, while concrete action in support of ‘diverse’ cultural actors is weak, particularly at the grassroots 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?

Homelands relies on consistent planning of training, preparation/co-creation of project activities, implementation, dissemination and evaluation. The project demonstrates clear planning of its potential impact on the target group of beneficiaries, as well as on the cultural stakeholders involved as partners and the general public. Recruitment of staff members is conducted on a case-by-case basis. One of the project’s objectives is to enhance the capability of partners to work with immigrant artists. The practices is built around an integral communications strategy.


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 relies on systematic monitoring of its beneficiaries. Qualitative data on implementation and impact are collected, analysed and reported at different stages, and monitoring and risk-management mechanisms – such as constant interaction between beneficiaries and stakeholder partners to facilitate necessary adjustments – are embedded within its activities. Beneficiaries remain in close contact with coordinators after their involvement has ended, and they have a personal page on the practice’s website.


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 practice is designed to ensure that both beneficiaries and partners develop the connections and skills necessary to continue to benefit from their participation in the long term. Further, a key aim is that partners and other stakeholders will adopt innovative approaches as a result of their involvement in the practice, thereby extending its reach and impact. The practice also contributes to the creation of business opportunities for artists and cultural stakeholders 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?

Homelands has the potential to attract structural funding from cultural institutions and other important stakeholders, as well as to generate its own resources through monetising the work of its artists (e.g. through a programme of paid performances). Furthermore, by using its network of participating partners, the practice can potentially access a wide range of private and public funding and other support.


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)

Public authorities (such as cultural policy makers) and cultural stakeholders among institutions and cultural hubs are in constant communication with the practice, if not directly involved in it.


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?

The project contributes locally to discussion on improvements to integration support policies, particularly in the cultural sector. The potential for successful representation and advocacy depends on the involvement of important cultural institutions and stakeholders.

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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