Comparative Analysis of Regional
Policies for Adult Learning


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REGIONAL will carry out a comparative analysis of Adult Learning policy initiatives to produce a concrete result –AL Policy Making Toolkit– to support policy makers at regional level throughout Europe in formulation, implementation and funding of more effective AL policies. REGIONAL will benchmark formulation, implementation and funding of AL in 21 Regions, extrapolating key factors and transferring findings in a user-friendly toolkit, produced in 6 languages and disseminated throughout EU for uptake.

Major regional disparities in participation to Adult Learning persist across the EU at regional level: in “Mind the Gap: Education Inequality in EU Regions” 2012, the Commission stresses that “policy solutions must be tailored rather than generic”. In “AL: It Is Never Too Late to Learn” EC highlight how “barriers to AL participation may be policy-related”.

The “Renewed EU agenda for AL” requires to move towards evidence-based policies for AL. In the EU, the regional level is responsible for AL and it is at regional level that decisions are taken and put into practice (Committee of Regions on “Action Plan on AL, It’s Always a Good Time to Learn”). There is an immediate need to overcome such regional disparities by supporting evidence-based policy making at regional level to empower AL to reach EU2020 strategic objectives and targets. The proposal aims at 1)pinpoint drivers and inhibitors of policy making for AL at regional level;2) carry out a comparative analysis of AL policy initiatives at regional level across the EU (21 Regions in 6 Countries);3) extrapolate key success factors of regional AL policy making.

Main results of the project are A)comparative analysis of regional policy making for AL in 21 regions in 6 Countries;B)policy-making toolkit to support evidence-based policies for AL produced in 6 languages. REGIONAL includes Dissemination & Exploitation to reach a minimum of 1675 immediate target groups during project lifetime and 400 potential users for uptake