The “Visiting in italy” project: origins, organisation and prospects

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Abstract

Visiting has its theoretical roots in the research of Lewin, and began in England in the early 2000swhen the Community of Communities network, led by Rex Haigh, introduced this projectstructured on both peer- and self-review for monitoring the quality of treatment settings (for adults,minors, prisoners, etc.) and earning accreditation and financing from the National Health Service.The Italian Visiting project, which Mito&Realtà designed, proposed and formally introduced in2010, has the aim of encouraging communities to get to know each other through a process ofassessing therapeutic and structural factors for the purpose of better identifying TCs’ weaknessesand strengths and encouraging immediate action with regard to problems by defining annualimprovement goals and collaborating with the other participating TCs. This shared involvement isaimed at the creation of a TC network to counter isolation and establish a set common qualitystandards (benchmarks). The ultimate goal is to generate a circular exchange of good practices,procedures and materials, making more evolved experiences accessible to communities that havebeen unable to produce them. An essential feature of the Visiting project is the absence of thatjudgemental aspect often implicit to assessments in general.The authors illustrate the origins and dissemination of the Visiting approach through thedevelopment of two variations, pointing out the common methodological and procedural aspectsand, to some extent, the instruments that make each of them fully comparable with the others, aswell as the differences, which make possible a wealth of experiential exchanges
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalFUNZIONE GAMMA
Volume39
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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