Working Groups and Task Groups are a very important feature of IDEA's work. These groups create a space for Members to collaborate on tasks and issues that are important to them and help to ensure that IDEA's work reflects the needs and energy of its members.
Working Groups and Task Groups
Working Groups are formed around issues of long-term importance to the sector. Working Groups are initially set up for a 3-year period, with workplans developed annually linked to the overall group objectives.
Task Groups are formed around a particular time-bound task and may disband once their task has been completed. Task Groups may therefore change and vary from year-to year while Working Groups remain more constant.
IDEA Working Groups are open to all members. Working groups typically meet 3-4 times a year either face-to-face or using IDEA’s teleconference facility. There may also be email exchanges. Depending on what the group is doing there may be extra time commitment around an event that the group organises. IDEA staff are generally involved in each group to provide support. If you would like to join a group, please email the convenor of the relevant group, see below.
IDEA members are welcome to propose new working or task groups. Please send a brief description of this new group, a possible title, and what you would like to achieve as a group to Éimear Green, IDEA's Communications and Events Officer. The National Council makes the final decision on proposals for new groups.
Current IDEA Working and Task Groups
Formal Education Working Group
The IDEA Formal Education Working Group works on the many areas that IDEA is focusing on in the Formal education sector, including the reform of the Junior Cycle. To get involved contact the convenor Mella Cusack.
Community Sector Working Group
The IDEA Community Sector Working Group is currently focusing on developing a strategy and common vision for the adult and community education sector. To get involved contact the convenor Helena McNeill.
Youth Task Group
The IDEA Youth Task Group was established in February 2015 to feed into the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) Peer Review process for the Irish Aid Development Education Programme in Ireland. It is currently focusing on the proposed new Irish Aid Development Education strategy to be published in 2016. To get involved contact the convenor Valerie Duffy.
Quality and Impact Working Group
The IDEA Quality and Impact Working Group aims to explore the concept of "quality" in development education and support the development of good practice guidelines for the sector. Additionally it provides support to its members in developing skills relating to impact measurement and also promotes discussion within the sector on quality and impact. To get involved contact the convenor Joanne Malone.