Svensk partner: Karlskrona kommun

Youth Policy (based on the LUPP Survey)

After a project concerning youth, culture and social conditions in our both municipalities we felt a need to develop our results and use a more scientific approach. We heard about the LUPP survey, a local follow-up of youth policy in municipalities. It is developed in Sweden by the Swedish National Board of Youth Affairs and is every year offered to all municipalities and has been used by more than 50% of all. The areas are work, leisure, school, health, politics and influence, sense of safety and future.

LUPP gives the municipalities knowledge about the conditions and also a platform for the youth to speak their minds.

It is also a condition that the results must be disseminated and debated to the citizens. Together we put in a lot of effort to translate and adapt the LUPP into a South African environment and culture and the surveys were carried out 2009 in Karlskrona and 2010 in Pretoria. Now the two municipalities are busy to learn from the study, make comparisons and think about implementation.

From the start we promised all players and stakeholders present at the information and presentation seminar in Pretoria to come back with the results and move from theory to practice. We need to include the youth on both sides in the implementation as well. An important thing is also to identify development areas and learn from each other’s strengths and improve our policies and practice. We have had enquiries from municipalities both in Sweden and from other countries who are interested to use the survey in international partnerships.

The School Compass – Finalization of a municipal comparison

The aim is to create, try and evaluate a method for comparison in the purpose to ease understanding about leadership and operation control during partnership projects between different countries and also focus on the management results concerning structural quality, process quality and result quality.

The focus is on education. We have translated and transformed a Swedish evaluation tool, the School Compass into a South African environment and used it as a comparison between two different municipalities: Tshwane (Pretoria/District South ) and Karlskrona. We have seen strengths and weaknesses made visible by the School Compass. 

The results have been very interesting and useful as shown in the reports and analysis. We have also found that the School Compass can be used internationally but it needs preparation and adaption to the international cultural environment and administrative structures. The practical work with the evaluation tool took longer time than expected so the finalizing of the project is still to be done. We now apply for the last step of the project so we can have the mutual evaluation /analysis seminars. We need to have two seminars in both municipalities and also on basis of these make a final documentation of the project, discuss and give example of the implementation of the results.