Evidence Based Policy Making in VET and HE: 4th Working Group meeting

May 30, 2018 to June 1, 2018

Almaty (Kazakhstan)


Christian Wagner ([email protected])


The aim of this working group is to enhance Central Asian countries’ capability and use of evidence for policy analysis and policy making in the fields of VET and HE, by addressing the following needs:

  • Reinforcing monitoring functions in Central Asian countries through better knowledge and skills of participating actors in the initiative.
  • Sharing experiences and lessons across countries and with the EU on the evidence based policy making approach and added value, including tools and methods of work and roles of actors.
  • Creating a network in the region which will continue to exchange practices and evidence in the area of VET/Higher education and skills development.

The initiative is based on the policy learning methodology and is being developed and implemented by CAEP and the European Training Foundation (ETF), building on ETF’s experience with the Torino Process. The 4th working group meeting will be dedicated to evidence on the transition process, covering the topic of career guidance. The meeting will be dedicated to sharing experiences on existing Central Asian and EU approaches on the topic, with a particular focus on the availability and use of quantitative and qualitative evidence that support the approaches. As was already the case for the first three working group meetings held in 2017, country teams will be asked to work on a real-life case from their country and to develop proposals to improve the generation, use or communication of evidence on their selected topic. Specific objectives to be achieved:

  • A number of stable country teams are established
  • Working group members gain a good understanding of the evidence cycle and the importance of stakeholder involvement for its management
  • Country team members map the evidence and stakeholder situation for their country on the topic of career guidance
  • Country team members engage in a “country project” and develop at least one hand-on proposal for the improvement of evidence collection and stakeholder cooperation pertinent to career guidance in their country
  • Working group members formulate key findings on data collection, considering also stakeholder cooperation and a series of recommendations
  • Working group members prepare inputs to be shared at the regional conference on employability (on country or cross-country basis).

Update: A report on the event can be found in the news section