Who We Are

Welcome to Narrative Accountability in Cultural and Community Settings (NACCS), a dynamic 36-month Strategic Partnership in the Field of VET project. Our collaborative vision involves five partner organizations from Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, and Cyprus. Together, we are committed to addressing the horizontal priority of "Inclusion and diversity in all fields of education, training, youth, and sport."

Our Mission

NACCS seeks to bridge the gap in understanding how stories are used in cultural and community settings. By promoting narrative accountability, the project aims to foster responsible and inclusive practices, empower marginalized voices, and contribute to the development of a pan-European responsible practice in digital storytelling.

Integrated Narrative Accountability

Our primary objective is to address social inclusion through an integrated approach to narrative accountability. We strive to raise awareness within organizations on the ethical use of people’s narratives and aim to produce open-source practical tools for community educators, cultural facilitators, and civic participation workers.

Lifelong Learning Competencies

Through collaboration and knowledge exchange, NACCS aims to create a lasting impact on VET providers, cultural practitioners, and policymakers across Europe. We focus on key competencies for lifelong learning, emphasizing the improvement of digital skills, personal and social competencies, citizenship skills, and cultural awareness and expression skills. We achieve this by delivering training and creating educational materials for our partner organizations' teams and VET professionals.

Process and results

Investigate narrative accountability, methodologies, and case studies. Create a 'Narrative Accountability Report' to map the European landscape
Pool learnings to create a 'Narrative Accountability Toolkit' supporting VET providers in community and cultural settings. Include digital, print, and audio-visual materials.
Conduct three short-term joint staff training events on digital storytelling, community development, and representation in narratives. Organise a co-design lab during the 5th Transnational Partnership Meeting
Compile policy recommendations for narrative accountability in cultural and community settings. Disseminate recommendations to policymakers and decision-makers
Establish a pan-European network of organisations and practitioners working with narrative accountability. Create a peer-support community of professional VET practitioners.

Methodologies used to support the results

As highlighted earlier, the project is run by partners from different horizons. To produce a synergy, the NACCS consortium decided to innovate using the combination of two methodologies : producing a “Train-the-trainer” through a Learning Lab. “Training-the-trainer” is a methodology aiming for a skilled trainer to train others who will become skilled trainers and multiply the knowledge. This training-the-trainer is taking place through an interactive Learning Lab, another methodology based on using the knowledge of trainers and facilitators. The aim is to teach participants the methods used by the Story Center’s approach in order to create spaces for the narrators to listen and share their stories to make a better world using digital tools. This creates a peer-to-peer, horizontal experience as well as top-down approach at the same time, in different expertises.

Summing Up

NACCS seeks to bridge the gap in understanding how stories are used in cultural and community settings. By promoting narrative accountability, the project aims to foster responsible and inclusive practices, empower marginalised voices, and contribute to the development of a pan-European responsible practice in digital storytelling. Through collaboration and knowledge exchange, NACCS aims to create a lasting impact on VET providers, cultural practitioners, and policymakers across Europe by addressing key competencies for lifelong learning, focusing on improving digital skills, personal and social competencies, citizenship skills, and cultural awareness and expression skills.