Socratic Consortium is working on several documents at the first stages of the project. The purpose of the first deliverable “State-of-the-Art Update” to submit is to build a common understanding of the social innovation concepts and the advances related to digital platforms that support social innovation. The deliverable will serve as common ground for the future activities that will conducted in the project. Since social innovation is understood differently over many perspectives, it is fundamental for the project to agree and align on the concepts to be used. It is also important for the project to identify existing digital methods and approaches that have been developed and can be reused.
In order to submit to the EC only documents of the highest quality level possible, once a deliverable is finished, it will go through a two-stage review process, plus a quality check. Three different people (1 peer reviewer, 1 approval, 1 quality
manager, the two last roles will be assumed by the Project Coordinator) within the consortium will review the document before actually uploading it to the EC platform.
There are two artifacts that support the successful operation of this process:
• Template for Deliverable: ensures a homogeneous structure and visual aspect for all deliverables.
• Template for Deliverable Review: used to report on the results of the review process and to communicate deliverable editors’ comments, questions, clarifications and proposals for changes in the deliverable.
Quality Management Plan
The coordinator of the project are also preparing a Quality Management Plan. Quality Management is about defining the outputs required by the project, with their respective quality criteria, quality assessment and the responsibilities of the involved partners. Quality Assurance provides control to the project direction, ensures that the outputs are of a high quality with respect to the nature of the project complies with relevant program management standards and policies.
The purpose of Quality Management is to provide a secure basis for:
Project Management agreements on the overall quality expectations, the products required with their associated quality criteria, the means by which quality will be achieved and assessed, and ultimately, the acceptance criteria by which the project´s products will be judged.
Communicating these agreements unambiguously so all project partners have a common understanding of what the project is setting out to achieve.
Control i.e. establishing an effective baseline for the project´s quality controls and a secure means of achieving deliverables that are fit for purpose.