The consortium included members (ASTON U, HAW HAMBUR, PILAR, CRRC) with long-term experience and sound background knowledge for developing conceptual understandings and in-depth analyses of existing education policies and national curricula. The consortium blended together expertise in pedagogical, socio-cultural and sociological theories of cultural production and reproduction in education, as well as in comparative approaches to analysing education policies and practices.

The consortium members also possess a wealth of research skills in content and discourse analysis coupled with long-term, first-hand experience of researching classroom practices and the interactions of education professionals with young learners in various schools contexts. Academic partners in each country were joined by stakeholders from civil society and the public sector (working on cultural identity and providing non-formal educational services to young people), and social enterprises specialising in new forms of engagement with young people from all backgrounds.

Being beneficiaries of the project, the non-academic partner organisations were actively involved in the community-oriented research (WP4) and were invited to participate in national Councils of Advisors in Policy and Practice (CAPP in WP8).  A non-academic partner (Culture Cov) was a full member of the consortium that provided important training to young people within WP7, playing an important role in knowledge and expertise exchange between education and heritage practitioners, researchers and project participants.

Furthermore, in each country, CHIEF had a policy-maker/shaper partner i.e. institutions directly involved in influencing the development and implementation of policies concerning culture, education and young people at national, regional or local levels.