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This section of the toolkit provides insights into evaluation approaches for measures designed to remedy or prevent early leaving from education and training. It discusses how the effects of programmes can be captured.

It primarily targets decision-makers at national, regional and local level who are in charge of funding programmes and policies and who have a vested interest in having evidence about what works.

The toolkit also provides a tool to guide evaluations conducted at provider level.

The purpose of evaluations

There is a multitude of activities across the EU that aim to combat early leaving from education and training. Nonetheless, evidence about which ones make a difference, to whom and why is often lacking.

A study carried out by Cedefop identified over 300 initiatives in 15 EU countries which aim to address early leaving and yet only a minority of these have been evaluated.

This means that there is a lack of information on whether they are effective in addressing the challenges of early leaving. Without data about the results, it is impossible to make an informed decision about which types of activities should be prioritised, and for which target groups.

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