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Implementing social projects with undergraduate students: an analysis of essential characteristics

Rampasso, IS and Siqueira, RG and Martins, VWB and Anholon, R and Quelhas, OLG and Leal Filho, W and Lange Salvia, A and Santa-Eulalia, LA (2020) Implementing social projects with undergraduate students: an analysis of essential characteristics. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. ISSN 1467-6370

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Abstract

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: This study aims to analyse the essential characteristics for the success of social projects developed with undergraduate students of higher education institutions (HEIs). Design/methodology/approach: A case study was conducted to verify the main characteristics of projects in a social entrepreneurship initiative. These features were used to perform a survey with experts to understand which of these items are essential for social projects success, through Lawshe’s method. Findings: Of the ten items evaluated, two were considered essential by the experts: “Proper alignment between project scope and actual local community needs” and “Good level of interaction between students participating in the project and the local community”. Practical implications: These findings can be useful for professors and coordinators to prepare future projects in HEIs. They may also be advantageous for researchers who may use them as a starting point for future studies. Originality/value: The novelty of this study is the methodological approach used: a case study of projects in a social entrepreneurship initiative in a relevant Brazilian university; and a Lawshe’s method analysis of responses of experts in social projects developed in HEIs. The findings can greatly contribute to the debates in this field. No similar research was found in the literature.

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