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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: 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

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Travailler et être parents en milieu rural : un défi à l'espace et au temps (2002-2005)

Type of project/activity:

External evaluation of a French EQUAL project


The objective is to provide monitoring and evaluation which "accompanies" the project through its successive stages. This project is carried out under one of the priority themes of EQUAL; reconciling professional and family life Its main objective is to develop local services which respond to the needs of families in rural areas by increasing both quantitatively and qualitatively childcare. The evaluation aims to contribute to consolidating the impact of the project and establishing the conditions for dissemination and mainstreaming of the results and the solutions piloted. It also aims to assist the partners by developing self-evaluation tools which can be used by the teams in all the pilot projects carried out in three Regions and 11 Departments of France.


EQUAL is part of the European Union's strategy to create more and better jobs and to increase the access to employment for everyone. It continues the work undertaken by the Community Initiatives ADAPT and EMPLOYMENT (1994 to 1999/2000) by reinforcing the outcomes of these programmes. In the presentation of the EQUAL programme the Directorate General for Employment and Social Affairs highlights certain factors of successful projects, among which are the importance of partnerships which bring together key actors, a clear project strategy accepted by all the partners, a mainstreaming objective, solid transnational cooperation and monitoring and evaluation all through the project.


The project is managed by the Fédération Nationale Familles Rurales.

Main Activities:

Monitoring and evaluation focuses on three main aspects:
  • The partnership process at national level in France. The evaluation will monitor the global implementation of the project, and how the Steering Committee carries out the work. It will also examine the effectiveness of the three thematic working groups and the links among the Steering Committee, the working groups and the pilot sites.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the measures and solutions piloted by the local centres. Three or four areas will be selected for more detailed field monitoring in order to select the indicators for a qualitative evaluation and to create self-evaluation tools which can be used by all of the pilot centres.
  • The effects of the outcomes of the transnational partnership on the French project and vice versa.

Name of programme, funder or client:

The evaluation is commissioned by the Development Partnership led by Familles Rurales.

The Transnational Cooperation Partnership:

Familles Rurales is part of the transnational partnership: ACCUEIL DE L'ENFANCE. Their partners are: the Belgian project, Accueil de l'Enfance and the Luxembourg project Formation et qualification de gardiennes de jour et Modes de garde flexible.

The EIESP have been commissioned to carry out the transnational evaluation for the partnership during 2003 on the following themes:
  • The process of working in a transnational partnership
  • A comparison of the survey tools used by each of the projects in the diagnostic phases. The comparison will include the tools used, the type of survey, the population and the results obtained.
  • The evaluation will contribute to the comparison of training and qualifications for occupations which involve working with young children in each of the partner countries with a view to making a contribution to the "professionalisation" of these occupations. This analysis will take into account recent developments in the field of APEL.

Expected outcomes, reports/documents:

Evaluation reports will be delivered to the Steering Committee of the French project and to the transnational partnership at regular intervals.