Be the Change you want to see

The Idea

In SCI, we care about the high quality of our workcamps and other non-formal activities, and we share the need to monitor the results of our work, to know which approaches work and bring change to our audience.

With the “Be the Change you want to see” project, we want to turn knowledge on the benefits of impact measurement into regular practice – first for our participating organisations, and then for an ever-growing circle of European youth NGOs!

We are a partnership of 9 organisations: SCI AustriaCVS BulgariaSCI CatalunyaKVT FinlandSCI GermanyUtilapu HungarySCI PolandPara Onde? PortugalZavod Voluntariat – SCI Slovenia.

Why do we do it?

  • we do care about the high quality of our workcamps and other non-formal activities,
  • we share the need to monitor the results of our work, to know which approaches work – and which ones are maybe taking a lot of effort, time, and money, but they do not bring any change to our audience,
  • both donors and participants ask about impact – they want professional analysis, numbers, proof of evidence, success stories…
  • simple yet trustworthy systems to measure the outcomes and impact of our work would help us a lot,
  • we all know the importance of impact measurement… but we are always so busy and jumping from one project to project, and without a consolidated effort we might never be able to focus on impact measurement!

The activities

The project has 6 main components:

  1. “Be the Change you want to see” Training Course (20-26.04.2022, Poznań, Poland) on how to measure the impact of our activities, with the emphasis on workcamps.
  2. Thematic webinars (4-5.2022) on impact measurement essentials, including its practical side in a voluntary organisation, its benefits and challenges.
  3. Practice phase (5-8.2022) – organising and running impact measurement of at least one activity (e.g. a workcamp) in each country.
  4. Peer support groups and consultations (5-11.2022) including mastermind groups, coaching, and mentorship.
  5. “The Change we became” Training Course (15-18.09.2022, Poznań, Poland) – summing up the experience from the practice phase, consolidating research results, learning how to communicate the measurement outcomes to a wider audience through numbers and storytelling.
  6. Practical Guide to Impact Measurement in International Mobility Activities (10-11.2022) – publishing an electronic publication that will give practical and easy-to-comprehend advice on how to measure and communicate the impact of workcamps and other non-formal education activities.

Join our free training course on impact measurement!

We are ready to invite you to join a 6-day training course “Be the Change you want to see”, which will take place 20-26.04.2022 in Poznań, Poland.

  • Do you agree that a well-organised activity for young people (a workcamp, exchange, training course…) can make a positive difference in the lives of its participants?
  • Are you motivated to explore more about how to measure the impact of international voluntary activities?
  • Would you be ready to become a changemaker who supports organisations in Europe so that they turn knowledge on the benefits of impact measurement into regular practice?
  • Are you a resident of Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia or Spain?
  • Are you ready to meet amazing people from 9 countries, make new friendships and get inspired by their ideas and projects?
  • Would you like to combine city and nature, staying at the lakeside with an all-year ski slope and thermal baths, yet just 3 km from the charming Poznań Old Town?
  • And all this with no or little cost?!

If your answers are “Yes, this is me!”, then…

… we have an offer for you!! 🙂

Read our call for participants below and hit the ‘apply’ button!

Deadline for applications: 6.03.2022, 23:59 CET.

Learn more about the Training Course

Practical Guide on Impact Measurement

Within the project, we are working on an electronic publication that will give practical and easy-to-comprehend advice on how to measure and communicate the results and impact of workcamps and other mobility activities.

We will launch the guide on 2nd October 2022 – the International Day of Non-Violence.


The planned results of the project include:

  • around 40 trained leaders, coordinators, and youth workers, with knowledge and skills allowing to conduct high-quality educational activities, also in remote and hybrid mode;
  • increased capacity of our 9 organisations in the topic of measuring and communicating impact,
  • ability to identify and invest in ways of organising international mobility activities (workcamps, exchanges…) that bring the best results and lasting change on the participants,
  • proving that it is feasible to streamline impact measurement and communication of results into our regular practice, and do it even with scarce resources,
  • at least 100 European youth organisations who will make use of the Practical Guide to Impact Measurement in International Youth MobilityActivities already in 2022,
  • not less than 1800 young people in 2023 who will be offered higher quality activities and life-changing experiences, prepared in accordance with the recommendations based on the impact reports’ findings (and we can expect further snowball effect in the years that follow).

The famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi says “Be the change you want to see in the world”. We commit to be this change, become the best examples in impact measurement and high-quality youth work – and help others change, too!

The team

The project coordinators are Gośka Tur (SCI Poland) and Afroditi Deilogkou (SCI Impact Working Group). You can contact them at

The donor

Our project is co-funded by the European Union. We are very thankful for making our idea possible to realise thanks to this support!

Project number 2021-1-PL01-KA153-YOU-000035713

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