Narrative Accountability in Cultural and Community Settings

Narrative Accountability in Cultural and Community Settings (NACCS), is a 36-month Strategic Partnership in the Field of
VET (Innovation) project. There are 7 partner organizations from Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands and Cyprus that covers varied cultural and political landscapes. This will result in comprehensive and versatile intellectual outcomes and impact across Europe. Our vision is to devise a pan-European responsible practice through which digital storytelling can be conducted.

NACCS aims to use narrative accountability – an umbrella term to account for the power dynamics, ownership, responsibility, control and democratisation involved in storytelling – to support organisations working in cultural and civic fields to use stories in more inclusive ways. To do this we will research existing practices and produce a set of governing principles of narrative accountability (PR1), create tools for VET practitioners to aid their own learning and enhance their educational delivery (PR2), deliver trainings to develop partners expertise in this field (C1, 2 & 3) and delivery multiplier events to share this learning with VET providers, researchers and policymakers (E1&2). During the NACCS project, all partners will research existing uses of narrative accountability in cultural and community contexts at the local, national and pan-European levels. We will train trainers and educators working in cultural and community settings to think critically about narrative accountability and how to apply it in practice. The goal over the 36 months will be to raise awareness of the role and practical application of narrative accountability in cultural and community contexts.

Finally, the partners will develop and create peer learning opportunities (online and offline) for practitioners working with narrative in cultural and community contexts. As for the partners, they were chosen according to their skills and expertise in the field of vocational training, so that each one would be complementary and that the objectives established at the beginning of the project would be achieved at the end of the 36 months. Each partner has its own expertise in its targets, its fields and its territories. Also, the multitude of partners, allows us to obtain a wider panel of target, and more particularly more complete databases to realize all the events that we will organize during the 36 months from November 2021.

Having partners from different countries will allow us to more easily organize events and workshops in the different partner countries. Each partner will have a better knowledge of its territory, and will bring to the target groups an already recognized expertise. The exchange of knowledge across geographical borders will foster the development of ideas, bring the target groups out of their cultural bubble and support innovation. With this trans-European vision, we will be able to establish a comprehensive and coherent community of peers with different competences. This community allows practitioners to learn from each other and experiment with different practices/methods throughout the project. Finally, NACCS will be able to create common pan-European principles. The different values that will be shared will lay the foundation for a stronger and sustainable collaboration.