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Speed-dating by RESO77: a day of exchange and sharing for associations in Seine-et-Marne

Summary : On 9 December 2014 the RESO77 Association brought together members of its network as well as its partners for a meeting on the theme of sharing and exchange. A concrete response to a growing demand from associations to develop contacts and pool their know-how with other associations in the region.

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Programme

  • Start date : December 9, 2014
  • Implementation site : Melun
  • Budget : N/A
  • Source and details on funding : General Council CAF77, Melun Regional Council and Town Hall

Organisation(s)

Website

Localisation

Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  27/03/2015 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : Should be generalized !
Solution(s) : Coordination of actions
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  Local
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Universal
  • Domain :  Cooperation

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Degoulange Fabienne , « Speed-dating by RESO77: a day of exchange and sharing for associations in Seine-et-Marne », **Journal RESOLIS** (2015)

Background to the programme

The speed dating initiative was born from the desire to take concrete action to promote sharing and exchanges between associations, which is the objective of RESO77. After drawing up the 2012-2014 work plan for the association, a steering committee was created to find a way to make the project a reality. After several meetings with associative actors, it was jointly decided to create a "speed dating" event to allow associative actors to meet directly. This type of meeting seemed more relevant with a view to sharing rather than to produce a digital or paper based communication tool. This initiative is inspired by the Reciprocal Exchange Network of Knowledge (RERS) and is based on sharing knowledge and skills, but applied to the associative world.

Objectives of the programme

- Facilitate partnerships between associations

- Promote the sharing of expertise and know-how between associations

Implemented actions

- Formation of a first steering committee consisting of 6 members, 4 meetings and the creation of the concept

- Organisation of 5 meetings in the region with the associations to present the project to them

- Creation of a second steering committee consisting of 9 members, a committee of "experts" to develop the event, through the pooling of the associations’ expertise

- Meeting between the facilitators of the event

- The event took place on 9 December 2014.

- Study of the questionnaire distributed during the meeting to make a report on the event

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- The meeting involved 149 participants including 51 member organisations of RESO11 (60% of the network) and 34 partner organisations

Results from the satisfaction questionnaire:

- 93% of people who responded said they should create links with other participants soon

- 64% of people who responded to the questionnaire offered to participate in setting up a second edition of the speed dating: 34% to participate in the steering committee, 86% to facilitate the workshop, 72% to occupy a stand

- Qualitative feedback points in the same direction: the day was dynamic, inspired meetings created links, variety of workshops

Decision to renew the event in 2015

Original characteristics

- The day was based solely on meetings and exchanges between associations unlike the usual, more "passive" events around conferences

- Realisation of a mutual desire that’s often expressed by associations

- Co-construction of the event from A to Z with associations

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

AFILE77, Resolis, Uriopss Ile-de-France, L’Atelier, Chamber of associations

(Nb. Partnerships in place before the event)

Feedback

Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- Above all, it was to properly communicate the objective of the event, which was exchanges, in order to prepare the actors for the event

- Apprehension at the frustration of associative actors who couldn’t attend all the workshops

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Carry out numerous trips between each meeting in order to meet the associative actors to present the project to them directly. The associative actors, well taught, played along and enjoyed the originality of the approach

- Records of all workshops that were available are on the RESO77 website

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Allow more time for informal exchanges in between the workshops

- Publicise a program with the schedule in advance to allow actors to better organise their time

- Put a badge on everyone from the beginning of the meeting to facilitate identification

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Co-realisation of the project with associative actors from beginning to end. Only two members of the steering committee were permanent, all the associations were able to participate in the creative process

- Dynamic form of the meetings that promotes the direct exchanges between associations

To know more

Reciprocal Exchange Networks of Knowledge (RERS): http://www.rers-asso.org/index.htm


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