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You can find the  links to the most recent issues here:

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Titre: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

Volume 51, No. 2 June 2016
Title: Adult Learning, Adult Skills and Innovation
Guest Editors: Richard Desjardins, Thomas Lans and Peer Ederer

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Welcome to the European Institute of Education and Social Policy


An Education Policy Centre

The European Institute of Education and Social Policy is a non-profit organisation with more than 40 years' experience in the analysis of education and training policies in Europe and in the partner countries of the European Union. The institute was founded in 1975 by the European Cultural Foundation to meet a need of the European Commission by contributing to the development of cooperation in education in Europe.

The EIESP contributes through its work and its international network to strengthening cooperation in education in Europe and between Europe and its partners.

The portfolio of projects of the institute covers all the different aspects of lifelong learning: school education, vocational education and training (initial and continuing), adult learning and higher education. The EIESP has built up a solid reputation as an experienced, international and innovative partner in education policy design, management, reform and evaluation at European, national, regional and institutional levels. The institute contributes to studies for the European Commission and to reform processes in countries in transition and emerging economies and it undertakes evaluations of innovative European projects and programmes. EIESP Activity Report 2015-2016

The EIESP edits the European Journal of Education (EJE) which is published by Wiley-Blackwell. EJE is a peer-reviewed journal of international reputation and readership specialised in research on education and the evaluation and review of education and training policies in a global perspective. It is thematic and receives an ISI Impact Factor ranking. EJE is accessible through about 16,000 institutions around the world and in 2012 there were over 105,000 downloads of articles. You can access the online version of the journal here

The EIESP is on the European Commission's register of interest representatives. This is a voluntary Register, in the context of the European Transparency Initiative, which includes a commitment to abide by the Code of Conduct.  

EIESP Activity Report



Remembrance of Asa Briggs (1921-2016), first Chair of the EIESP Board

Ongoing and recent projects

Recent and ongoing studies and events

EIESP is a partner in the InnoVal Project (Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation), which gathers 6 EU partners and work towards valid & reliable assessment methods to allow all learners to have a chance at validation, with a focus on disadvantaged groups such as migrants, long-term unemployed, and those with adverse experience with formal education including school-based assessments.

Two journals issues have been published in January 2017 under the direction of the Chairman of EIESP, Prof. Jean Claude Ruano-Borbalan. They are on the themes of Techno-sciences in society & Culture and techno-scientific innovation. Click here for more information.

EIESP and ECORYS UK are leading a study on Policies to develop, support and incentivise teacher quality. The aim of the study is to map policies, strategies and initiatives to increase student learning outcomes, to provide case studies on effective and innovative examples, and to explore options for policy. Click here for more information.

A study for Cedefop, The application of learning outcomes approaches across Europe – a comparative perspective has just been published. The study lead partners for the study were Ecorys Polska, EIESP and WYG PSDB in Hungary. The study builds on the 2007-2008 Cedefop study (in partnership with EIESP): The Shift to Learning Outcomes. For more information click here.

EIESP was a core member of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). This network was initiated to gather and analyse policy information ; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET was comprised of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries.
EIESP contributed to ELINET's "Research for Success".

EIESP provided expertise on online self- and peer-assessment for teachers participating in the MENTEP (MEntoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) project. MENTEP, led by European SchoolNet, aims to develop and test a reliable, user-friendly and sustainable tool for teachers to self-assess progress in Technology Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence.

The EIESP participated in a comparative study commissioned by The Foundation Bertelsmann on the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning. (September - October 2014). For more information click here.

The EIESP was a partner in the European Policy Network on the Implementation of Key Competences in school education (KeyCoNet), a policy network identifying and analysing emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms, and produce recommendations. The network is led by European Schoolnet (EUN).  You can now view the Final Recommendations Report as well as the Dublin Peer Learning Visit report. Please click here for details about the project, and here to visit the KeyCoNet network site.

Study on policy measures to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession in Europe: This study was carried out in 2011-2012 for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. The EIESP is a partner in the consortium led by the Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques (France) and IBF International Consulting (BE). Click here to read more.

Education and training in France in 2025: EIESP participated in a foresight study about education and training in France in 2025 coordinated by Futuribles International. EIESP is bringing in the European context and perspective. Please click to download the report.
Learning for Well-being

The EIESP, through various projects and activities, promotes the vision of Learning for Well-being

Learning for Well-being and Inner Diversity

The EIESP is participating in a project entitled Potential4Life which aims to improve educational outcomes for secondary school age students in Europe by helping them to reflect on their individual learning styles. Learning for well-being suggests that well-being is a lifelong process that can be learned, and emphasises realising the unique potential of individuals and communities, and accepting individual differences as central to the experience of well-being.

Learning and well-being in schools and communities

In partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), EIESP has published a WISE Research Report on learning and well-being in schools and communities.   The Research Report explores how well-being is defined and measured in international contexts.  It features case studies on effective practice in communities and schools, and make recommendations for policy, and is available here. The project was led by Prof. Marwan Awartani and Janet Looney.

Case studies developed for the report are available here:

Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Young People in Europe 

The ‘Learning for Well-being; A Policy Priority for Children & Youth in Europe. A process for change' was successfully launched on 27 February 2012 during a conference in Brussels in the Palais des Academies. Please click here for more information.

The EIESP coordinated the secretariat of the former Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations from 2009-2013. You can read here the final Consortium Activity Report. Work & Activities of the Consortium can be accessed here


Education and Training 2010 – 2020

EIESP is supporting the EC Toolkit Editorial Board, which will provide up-to-date references on effective educational practices for its online platform, The European Toolkit for Schools. it is structured around five main areas : school governance ; support to learners ; teachers ; parental involvement ; and stakeholder involvement. Please click here for the project description.

The EIESP participated in a study on Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion, carried out under the Framework Service Contract No EAC/02/2010, led by Sofreco. This study (carried out in 2012) was designed to inform policy-making with new insights into success criteria concerning accessibility and quality in the field of ECEC.  For more information. and for the link to the reports.

In 2011, EIESP took part in the Participatory Citizenship in Europe Project, a study with the main goals of clarifying the concept of Participatory Citizenship and its interpretation among the 27 EU Member States. For more information.

DISCO II: a multilingual thesaurus of skills and competencies: From 2010 - 2012, the EIESP was a partner of the Leonardo da Vinci DISCO II project led by 3S Unternehmensberatung (Austria). Realising a ‘European labour market’ and a ‘European lifelong learning area’ requires qualifications and competences which can be easily understood, compared, and transferred. To address this challenge a set of European instruments has been developed, e.g. the European Qualifications Framework, the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training and the Europass documents. DISCO II supports these instruments by offering terms and expressions to describe occupations, qualifications, jobs and competence profiles of individuals. For more information.

Romania – CALIPT: Revision of methodologies, instruments and procedures for an increased quality of initial education and training (IVET); Evaluation and review of policy and strategy for VET in Romania over the last 15 years.

The project started in December 2009 and  finished in November 2012. The project was led by the Centre for Development of TVET of the ministry of education in Romania. The partners are: GEA (Romania), Danish Technological Institute (Denmark) and the EIESP (France). More information can be found here.