Data related to early leaving can be useful to VET providers if:
- The indicators used are simple to understand, interpret and use, and are presented in a user-friendly way.
- Comparable data for a number of years is provided.
- Data is contextualised by using relevant comparators such as the regional average, or the average of ‘similar’ schools, e.g. schools with a similar socio-cultural background.
- Data is further analysed by the VET provider, taking into account the qualitative inputs of staff and learners.
Data is, in this case, used for formative purposes, to help VET providers make decisions related to tackling early leaving. It is advisable to keep this process distinct from the use of data for evaluation purposes.