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AEMA Maturity Matrix
The AEMA Network have completed the first test round of the AEMA suite which is designed to provide a series of indicators related to the level of accessibility of Adult Education Providers. The matrices can be used:
- As a quick guide relative to the key areas related to accessibility in Adult Education providers
- As a tool to review and improve practices related to accessibility in Adult Education providers
- As an assistant to plan the development of key areas in your organisation to improve accessibility
- As a source of information to design policies, internal to an organisation, sectoral, regional or national, regarding the accessibility of Adult Education providers.
The first stage of testing was designed to get an indication on the material regarding the Maturity Matrix, is it usable in the present form, is there need for any changes or improvements etc. It is important to get the AEMA suite assessed and validated by the stakeholders, involved in the process in terms of usability and validity on the content when used on a larger scale by experts and Adult Education providers in Europe.
1 or 2 stakeholders/experts per partner organization was chosen to evaluate the Maturity matrix separately. They evaluated all modules and at the end they proceeded to the completion of the Evaluation Questionnaire.
The results from this first test showed that the Maturity Matrix is regarded as a valid tool for organizations to assess and improve their work with making adult education more accessible for people with functional disabilities.
Some excerpts from the test interviews:
“It is innovative because so far there is nothing else, therefore it has a great potential because every AEP (Adult education Provider) should have an own apartment / representative for accessibility in the future that acts independently using this tool”.
“It collects all kinds of fields of accessibility; most people think about the physical accessibility only, when they hear the expression”.
The findings from the first test round gave the answers we wanted, an overall good response and mainly good marks from the interviews, but also some areas for improvements to be considered for the continued development of the Maturity Matrix when transferred to the digital platform.
Some thoughts on improvement:
“My advice is the used language to be lightened with a view to understanding and usage by a wide range of organizations, including those of people with disabilities”.
“It seems complicated and long at first, some people might find it too difficult to understand”.
Recommendations based on this material will be mainly to look into the need for changes in the language levels, and take into account who our target audience are, the more accessible the better.
The second stage in the work with the AEMA suite involves a transfer of the material onto a digital platform, easy to access by stakeholders and Adult Education providers, not only in Europe but also in the rest of the world from the website www.aemanet.eu
The AEMA network is looking forward to present the digital platform to be able to give experts, stakeholders and Adult Education providers the possibility to assess.