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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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What is this section of the toolkit about?

In this section of the toolkit you will find information about:

  • how to decide what to monitor and evaluate;
  • how to decide which indicators to use to measure progress and change;
  • examples of indicators that can be useful to evaluate policies or programmes to tackle early leaving;
  • which approaches and methods to choose to be able to make conclusions about how a programme contributed to change the situation of young people;  
  • how to make judgements about programme performance.

This section also proposes two tools to support monitoring and evaluation at national and institutional level, and the use of a reflection tool for policy makers:

  • reflection tool for policy makers
  • evaluation plan for policy makers
  • evaluation plan for VET providers and practitioners
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