This OECD report presents European good practices regarding the monitoring of outcomes and impact of adult learning programmes for the low skilled.
Several outcomes are examined, including educational performance, career development, social outcomes, and learners’ satisfaction. In particular, the report explores the type of data collected, the stakeholders involved in data collection, and the methods and tools used.
Monitoring the outcomes of adult learning programmes is crucial to understand what type of programme works, and for which learners. Robust evidence on the impact of non-formal education may benefit all actors of the sector, from learners themselves to society at large. Indeed, learners may use publicly available information to identify the benefits of further education in general and to identify good quality providers. They may also exploit information on their individual performances to measure progress towards their own goals. Data on the various effects of adult education may help educators gauge the holistic nature of their impact. The collection of consistent data for the non-formal sector will also help providers show that non-formal programmes can be monitored and evaluated as carefully as formal trainings, and are as good and important. In some cases, training providers may use the data to make the case for their programmes’ excellence and secure sustainable and diversified funding. They can also use the information to improve quality, rethink course curriculum, and enhance teaching methods. Finally, policy-makers and more broadly the society as a whole will benefit from better data, as it may not only increase knowledge and quality of the non-formal education sector, but will also help to respond to growing demands for public funds accountability.