Studies and analyses

Analytical and applicative national part of the Survey
The analytical and applicative part includes in-depth analyses of the databases gathered with the in-field PIAAC Survey, both for the Slovenian sample as well as the international data. The tasks are implemented in two phases: the first phase is the analysis of the situation and of other comparable data and theory (as a kind of basis for further analysing) and the second phase includes more complex statistical data analyses and synthesis of theory and empirical work.
The main goal of the analytical and applicative part of the project is to formulate proposals and systemic solutions. This is the applicative use of the findings as an expert basis for planning of policies for development of adult competences, determination of national indicators to monitor the situation and the progress, development and upgrading of recommendations for further development of educational programmes and development, preparation and implementation of training of educators in adult education and training to use modern methods of learning and teaching. These are also the final indicators of the project "Measuring the effectiveness of education and training to improve the competences of adult educators 2013-2015", where the quality depends on inclusion and participation of other participants and other departments, since an agreement needs to be reached concerning key documents such as: recommendations, strategies, indicators and expert bases for policy makers.
Thematic studies and international comparisons
The Slovenian PIAAC research group is interdisciplinary and is currently preparing 9 thematic studies that can be used applicatively and developed into recommendations, strategies, indicators and expert bases for policy development.
The studies also include comparative analyses of the empirical data and data from other countries from the 1st and 2nd round of the PIAAC Survey, which is an important addition and one of the criteria for development of national guidelines. At the same time, it allows the comparison of progress in development of competences at two different points in time (14 years after the first IALS Literacy Survey in Slovenia). One of the important challenges is the comparison of assessment of youth and adult literacy as well as the continuation of some findings of the PISA Research that will allow an insight into the entire vertical of the educational system.
Thematic studies and their findings are the basis for evidence-based policy making in various fields: education, employment, labour market, economy, culture, health, environment, etc.
Considering the interdisciplinary structure of the Consortium, the thematic studies focus on:

  1. Development of competences and correspondence of the education and competences with the needs at the work place
  2. Co-influence of the competences on economic and social achievements
  3. Efficiency of the educational system in competence development
  4. Skills and competences of vulnerable groups 
In the scope of the first set, we researched the development of skills needed for labour market in the Slovenian population; in the second, we evaluated the influence of competences on social and economic achievements both on the individual level, on the level of social subgroups and on the level of society as a whole. In the scope of the third set, we focused on the question to what extent the educational systems actually enable the acquisition of competences, and the fourth set was dedicated to the consideration of skills and competences of vulnerable groups of population. Every thematic set includes several studies and is introduced by a special introductory essay by one of the experts in the field.

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