Working Group on Data Collection Methodologies and Evidence Based Policy Making meets for 2nd time in Bishkek

May 19,2017 |Category : Latest News
Kyrgyz Republic

The second working group meeting on Data Collection Methodologies and Evidence Based Policy Making in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) took place on April 26-28 in Bishkek.

Four countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – were represented to actively discuss monitoring and data collection strategies in the field of education. The participants represented various institutions of public administration and the research community.

In addition, the meeting was an opportunity for policy learning on continuing professional development and inclusive approaches, existing evidence collection approaches (demonstrating specific experience from Latvia) and the means to improve these in the participating countries.

In total, three meetings have been planned to cover all the phases of the evidence cycle and to discuss and exchange good practice with respect to evidence collection and use. Each country has been actively working on a strategy to improve the evidence available for a selected topic, considering also the challenges related to the evidence use and communication.

The aim of setting up the working group is to improve policy learning and development in the area of evidence based policy making and monitoring and to enhance Central Asian countries’ use of evidence for policy analysis and policy making in the field of VET and higher education. More concretely, the purpose of the initiative is to:

  • Reinforce monitoring functions in Central Asian countries through improved knowledge and skills of the participants.
  • Share 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 participants.
  • Create a network in the region which will continue to exchange practice and evidence in the area of VET/Higher education and skills development.

The initiative is based on policy learning methodology and is developed and implemented by CAEP and the European Training Foundation. The last meeting of the working group will take place in Turin from 4 to 6th July 2017.