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Evidence-based results on trends and dynamics of Adult Learning: IDP European Consultants joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of LEAP

June 30, 2021

IDP European Consultants joined the second transnational meeting of LEAP (Local Adult Education Policy), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from six countries (Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain). The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The main objective of the meeting was to present the progress achieved in the Intellectual Output 2: the literature review, country reports, tools and good practices, and surveys, including a detailed analysis from each Partner. IO2 is composed of primary and secondary research. In particular, Partners focused on the review of policy papers, studies, research, articles and other relevant sources and resources.

The results presented by the Partners corroborate the relevancy of the project. In fact, a lack of information from local policy makers regarding European policies in the domain of Adult Education (AE) and LLL (Life Long Learning) was found.

The Partnership also started to discuss the Intellectual Output 3, sharing recommendations for future implementation.

A brief review of Dissemination and Quality Assurance considerations followed.

The LEAP project responds to the need to increase adult participation in formal, non-formal and informal learning set out at local, national and EU level. Given the evidence of a disconnect between the macro level of policy (EU dimension) and the micro level (local/regional dimension), LEAP directly targets local decision-makers and the technical staff of local authorities to ensure they are aware of the importance of AE and that they are prepared to draft impactful local AE policies. To increase policy effectiveness, however, the project encourages cooperation with the wider AE ecosystem and thus also targets the full range of stakeholders involved in AE, such as education providers, learning centres, cultural centres, and the civil society.

The LEAP Website is now online at https://leap2local.eu, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. Users can access LEAP’s OER Platform and its multilanguage results for free, no sort of log-in credentials are required.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Website: https://leap2local.eu

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DIVERSITY – Including Migrants through Organisational Development and Programme Planning in Adult Education

Assessing and validating the DIVERSITY modularised training

DIVERSITY – Including Migrants through Organisational Development and Programme Planning in Adult Education – is a 30-month international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

It involves a Consortium of seven Partners from six countries, i.e. Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, and Italy; its objectives consist in:

  • Accompanying the EU Adult Education system in the mentality shift from focusing on migrants as very specific target groups and preparing them for integration into society
  • Raising awareness about migration-related diversity, its challenges, and its opportunities (referring to cultural and pedagogical but equally to economic aspects) with managers and planners in AE as well as policy makers
  • Equipping managers and planners with the skills needed to open AE providers to migrants as a regular target group

To do so, during proposal Partners foresaw four macro intellectual outputs, conceived as follows:

1. An in-depth mapping activity on Diversity-informed dynamics and operational practices within the organisational dimension of Adult Education Providers: a cross-national assessment that involved both primary and secondary resources (via interview and focus groups) and resulted in a very comprehensive executive report collecting relevant trends, overall dynamics and success studies on effective education and training practices for migrants in selected European countries;

2. The development of a modularised training curriculum that enables managers and planners in adult education organisations to re-focus both their organisational structures and their course programmes to recognise and include migrants as a regular target group of their educational activities. The curriculum is structured into two major categories, organisational structure and programme planning, and each module is fully EQF-compliant aiming at learning outcomes on level three to four. The modules are to be “mixed and matched”; each module might be conceived as a stand-alone training unit but can also be combined with any other module, which maximises adjustments to the individual needs of managers/planners and their organisation. In terms of structure, each module consists of:

A short summary of the module

A brief description of the knowledge to be acquired

A brief description of the skills to be acquired

A brief description of the personal abilities (responsibility and autonomy) to be acquired

3. Testing and Validation of the modularised training curriculum with 100 target groups from the represented countries (including staff of the participating organisations, as well, since they are crucial for rooting the staff training in the partner organisation and therefore for a sustainable long-term continuation of the trainings). The project is currently in this exact phase of development – under the precious guidance of the Greek partner HAEA, the Consortium agreed on the outline of the underlying tasks in terms of general timeline and distribution of the work. Partners proposed and discussed what the most suitable means of delivery and the overall methodology they will rely on to conclude such delicate activity are for them.


4. Finally, the last months of the Project’s lifecycle will be dedicated to the development, review, publication and mainstreaming of the so-defined “Policy Recommendations”; a collection of findings, insights and experiences from the DIVERSITY project aimed to:

inform evidence-based policy formulation

provide policy recommendations

identify actionable measures for stakeholders


Standing from an evidence-based perspective, the paper represents a sort of operational memory of the project and will be used to expose where policy making, policy change or policy deregulation can support the transformation of adult education providers towards organisations open for migration diversity.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

For further information on DIVERSITY and other IDP initiatives, please visit:

DIVERSITY Website: https://www.aewb-nds.de/themen/eu-programme/diversity/

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Evaluating the Adult Education provision: the CREATE2Evaluate Platform as an open online resource for local policy makers

CREATE2Evaluate is an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme which aims to enhance performance and efficiency in Adult Education (AE) by addressing the gap between EU/national strategies and local/regional implementation as well as the challenge of formulating appropriate AE policy. The goal is to enable policy makers to better coordinate and plan policy, share experiences and enhance inter-regional and cross-border cooperation.

The project is the official follow-up of a previous project (Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education), which ran from 2017 to 2019; the CREATE2 partnership wants to capitalise on the success of ‘CREATE’ by nurturing its heritage with significant and consistent updates that will further stimulate the debate around the role of evaluation in strategies and the policy cycle in the domain of AE to improve the image of evaluation – not as a means to find blame and point fingers, but as a way to improve the processes and outcomes to the benefit of all involved.

Out of the four Intellectual Outputs foreseen during the proposal, the first one has already been completed; the Consortium is glad to present the official CREATE2 Online Educational Resource Platform: the virtual showcase of the project and the online repository of all major results and deliverables achieved by the Strategic Partnership.

The Platform is in multilanguage version (English, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish) and it is completely free for consultation, with no log-in credentials required.

The Platform represents the major visibility means of the project for its mainstreaming and dissemination. Each section of the platform is a stand-alone resource to get a comprehensive sense on project’s results and inputs.

Particularly relevant is the CREATE Package in which partners collected all major resources coming as a legacy from the previous ‘CREATE’ project. This section will be updated as soon as new relevant sources are finalised.

To remain updated with the project’s development, please consider subscribing to the CREATE2 Associates; an online “Community of Practice” for stakeholders operating in the domain of Adult Education and Life Long Learning. So far, nearly 50 organisations decided to take part in our initiative: the CREATE2 Community gathers together local/regional public bodies and promotes greater opportunities for networking and international exchange of good practices.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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The LEAP Platform is finally online: a digital repository for the strategic planning of local adult education policies

The LEAP project responds to the need to increase adult participation in formal, non-formal and informal learning set out at local, national and EU level. Given the evidence of a disconnect between the macro level of policy (EU dimension) and the micro level (local/regional dimension), LEAP directly targets local decision-makers and the technical staff of local authorities to ensure they are aware of the importance of AE and that they are prepared to draft impactful local AE policies. To increase policy effectiveness, however, the project encourages cooperation with the wider AE ecosystem and thus also targets the full range of stakeholders involved in AE, such as education providers, learning centres, cultural centres, and the civil society.

So far, LEAP’s strategic partnership has already achieved a major Intellectual Output out of the four formally foreseen and designed during the proposal: the LEAP Open Educational Resource (OER) Platform will guide the EU local policy operators in the domain of Adult Education (AE) and Life Long Learning (LLL) to discover the project, the partnership, the results achieved by the Consortium and the EU and international opportunities to enhance and strengthen local adult education policies.

The users can access LEAP’s OER Platform and its multilanguage results completely for free, no sort of log-in credentials are required, and can remain constantly updated with the project’s achievements by subscribing to the digital Community of Practice published by the Consortium on EPALE.

Each section of the platform is a comprehensive showcase on all tasks concluded by the partnership in a specific time frame and related to essential project’s milestones:

  • The “MAPPING” section will present the results emerging from the assessment of such disconnection between the EU framework and practical actions triggered at local and regional level;
  • The “TRAINING” section is conceived as a practical and operative toolkit for local policy makers to refine their strategic actions in greater consistency with EU guidelines, international best-practices and case-scenarios so to enhance their understanding of EU priorities and programmes in the domain of AE and LLL;
  • The “GUIDANCE” section mainstreams the actionable strategies and operational key-steps to sustain the replicability of the project beyond its natural life-cycle and the organisations that have formally participated in its development (i.e. a sort of legacy left by partners in the hope that many other EU organisations will capitalise and leverage on their experience to achieve similar initiatives, results and impacts).

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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