Good practices criteria and template

Institution: University of Jyväskylä
The bank of good practices is targeted to all people and institutions interested and involved in developing accessibility in high education, who wish both to learn and evaluate other institution´s good practices and share and dispose their own practices under evaluation.

In this project’s context, practice refers to performing habitually or customarily an specific technique, method, process, activity, policy or strategy. To be a good practice, a practice has to serve the desired purpose better than the average practice. Good practice differs from the best practices in the sense that is a common practice that works, something that is actually practised, while the best practice is something that surpasses all others in excellence but may not be yet very commonly practised.

Formal and content-related criteria are used to identify good practices. They are described in the following subheading. In addition to this, we gather information of success factors required for the successful and sustainable implementation of good practices as well as the challenges that may constrain its implementation.

A template has been created for collecting and sharing good practices. It can be filled out by the people involved in the implementation. Information can also be gathered through an interview conducted with the people involved. The set criterion serves as (1) a self-evaluation tool for identifying good practices. Before publishing a good practice, however, it has to go through (2) an expert evaluation (i.e. to be evaluated and accepted as a good practice by experts of this areas such as university staff members, policymakers, and student union representatives). When published, it is also exposed to (3) peer evaluation (i.e., can be rated by the peers familiarizing with the description).

Cite this document as:
Laboratory for Policies and Practices of Social Development in Higher Education, Access4All (2016). Good practices criteria and template. Retrieved from:
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