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    Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis at National and EU Level Report

    Beltram, Peter and Zagmajster, Margerita and Ioannou, Nicolette and Vrasidas, Charalambos and Kenny, Michael and Hlobenova, Petra and Operti, Francesca (2016) Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis at National and EU Level Report. Project Report. European Commission.

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    Participation in adult education varies significantly across states and regions of Europe! In some countries participation is relatively low, in some countries static or dropping, and there is challenge in reaching a European average of 15% participation by 2020. Why? This report presents a needs assessment and gap analysis in the four DIMA project partner countries. The results presented arise from three data collection instruments: a web based survey, individual interviews, and focus group discussions. The report reports the outcomes of all three instruments. The first instrument, a web based survey, is presented in charts and tables which are complimented by the other two instruments. The intention of the report is to outline needs, problems, and issues in the field of adult education in each country. The findings will underpin approaches to planning, problem solving, and decision making across all partner countries. The report also outlines solutions undertaken in selected partner countries as examples of good practice. Evidence in this report suggests disparity in policy making, planning, and implementation in project partner counties mirroring similar disparity in the adult education sector across Europe. This report was prepared within the framework of the DIMA project to underpin a strategy by the project partners to provide tools to address the disparities identified Working through six (6) partners in five (5) countries over two (2) years the DIMA project seeks to provide tools that policy makers and adult education practioners can utilise to address the capacity gaps in policy making, implementation and evaluation in adult education provision. This report is in line with the Erasmus+ priority of "… contributing to the development of a European Area of Skills and Qualifications" and with the specific priorities of enhancing and aligning European adult education policies, strategies and practices. For further information on the DIMA project visit To download the DIMA toolkit visit To access the DIMA project site online training course visit

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Keywords: DIMA; DIMA Toolkit; Adult Education; Adult Learning; lifelong-learning; Policy; Adult Education Policy; Needs assessment; Gap analysis; ERASMUS+; Maynooth University; Cyprus; Ireland; Slovakia; Slovenia; EAEA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 10135
    Depositing User: Mr. Michael Kenny
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 15:35
    Publisher: European Commission
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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