Intellectual Output 3

Scorecard and screening questionnaire on adult education providers’ performance in terms of the relevance of the adult education provision

The purpose of the Intellectual Output 3, is to develop an analytical tool for external assessment and self-assessment of adult education relevance and effectiveness, have value as a stand-alone quality assurance tool.
The scorecard will cover different areas of institutional performance. For each area, indicators and screening questions will be developed, complemented by guidance about measurement and evaluation. In addition, in order to facilitate benchmarking and improvement, relevant good practices or superior performance will be identified in each area.

The IO3 tool will:

  1. raise awareness of the most vital areas of performance that determine adult education providers’ ability to make their educational offer relevant and useful
  2. help adult education providers to map their strength and weaknesses and to develop effective strategies for institutional development
  3. offer a checklist of successful institutional policies, practices and models in adult education provision
  4. raise awareness of emerging priorities and societal expectations from adult education in European countries.

This intellectual output, will contribute towards enabling and improving quality assurance in adult education. Just like IO1, it will not limit itself to minimal acceptable quality indicators but would rather present the “best performer” scenario.

The relevance and effectiveness of education is currently a priority in all education and training sectors and it is very much conceptualized as responsiveness to the needs of society and the economy. This tool extends the focus of the project from CPD to the more overarching issue of the performance of adult educators in terms of the relevance of their educational offer.

While educational offer relevance involves a number of other factors besides CPD, it is a strong determinant of the quality of teaching and training, the quality of staff and of organizational culture. Understanding and facilitating the professional development of adult education staff therefore involves raising awareness and facilitating a broader institutional commitment to relevance, quality and effectiveness of education.

In many ways, the output should also have value as a stand-alone quality assurance tool. The project cannot realistically expect to develop an overarching quality assurance framework, but the partnership believes that the work started in IO1 could be extended to develop a quality assurance tool focused on the effectiveness and relevance of training and teaching more generally.

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