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


Country profile Germany
Country profile Italy
Country profile Serbia
Country profile Slovakia
Country profile Ireland
Country profile Hungary


  • Slovakia
  • Italy
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • Serbia


The Comparative Analysis consolidates the findings and results of the research and comparative analysis of the various policy making models for AL identified and assessed during the Project.

The partners rendered the findings in the Report by identifying the dynamics of AL policy making, highlighting and assessing their characterising elements, pinpointing specific pros and cons. The Report clearly pinpoints the shortcomings and contributing factors to the purposeful development, implementation and funding of suitable AL policies at regional levels.

In addition to capturing the results of the comparative analysis and the identification of “takeaways”, the Report includes also a series of “fiches”: one-page snapshots highlighting the actionable policy measures identified as instrumental for the definition, implementation and funding of AL policy measures in the regions.



The toolkit consolidates the various sets of deliverables produced during the implementation of the Project, specifically, the toolkit includes:

  1. Research guidelines (identification of policy documents, identification/engagement of stakeholders, etc)
  2. Research tools (templates, questionnaires, tables, matrices, etc)
  3. Regional Policy Making fiches and snapshots
  4. Abstract and key findings of D3.1 Comparative Analysis of Regional Policies for AL
Download D3.2 Toolkit including technical details of the study:

Download Toolkit for AL policy makers