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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  

AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) Feasibility Study

Purpose

The purpose of the AHELO feasibility study is to assess whether it is possible to measure what undergraduate degree students know and can do at the international level, in order to provide better information to higher education institutions, governments and other stakeholders, including students and employers. This will entail an evaluation of the scientific feasibility of undertaking an international assessment of higher education learning outcomes (in generic and subject-specific skills) at the end of a Bachelor's degree programme, as well as gauging the feasibility of its practical implementation.

Objectives and outputs

In 2010, contractors will start working on the development, adaptation and translation of assessment and survey instruments towards an international implementation. Small scale pilots of these instruments will be undertaken.
Subject to funding, the implementation phase could also start in the Asia-Pacific region.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Other, Russian Federation, Sweden, United States.

Education (INES activities)

Purpose

To produce and publish indicators and analysis on the operation, evolution and impact of education, from early childhood through formal education to learning and training throughout life. The collected data cover the outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources invested in education, structural characteristics of education systems, and the economic and social outcomes of education.

Objectives and outputs

Production of indicators on the financing of education, participation in and graduation from education. Indicators on educational attainment of the adult population and associated labour market outcomes, teacher salaries and work conditions, and instruction time are provided by INES Networks LSO (Labour Market, Economic and Social Outcomes of Learning) and NESLI (Collection and Adjudication of System-level descriptive Information on Educational Structures, Policies and Practices).
The main publication is "Education at a Glance".
Main achievements in 2010 include the consolidation of the technical documentation of the education data collection, the development of indicators on the net present value of education, the relative earnings according to the level of educational attainment and the social outcomes of education as well as on how efficiently are resources used in education, on how do education systems monitor school performance. It also includes the indicators on development of trend data on access and graduation to education and on financial aid to students. Ongoing methodological work includes: students' mobility and graduation comparability study, conceptual framework for the measurement of knowledge and skills, development of efficiency measures, consolidation of tertiary indicators and improvement of the quality of ISCED implementation.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, Chile, China, Estonia, India, Israel, Russian Federation, Slovenia

Databases

Education database

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

Education database will benefit from the OECD.Stat and MetaStore developments.
Data and indicator development will include improving the quality and relevance of the tertiary indicators on entry, graduation, survival and student mobility, further developing the indicators on educational efficiency and on financial aid to students. A programme of work will also begin to review comparability issues with the international education classification (ISCED) and to develop solutions to tackle these.

Data collection:

New quality and timeliness standards for data collection and indicator compilation will be introduced.
Inclusion of a new questionnaire on Completion rate and average duration of tertiary studies.


Educational Facilities

Purpose

To create an international dataset and indicators on educational facilities.

Objectives and outputs

This first phase of the "CELE International Profile on Educational Facilities Policy and Practice" pilot project addresses the need for basic information on facilities-related issues - some of which in the longer term could be used to generate internationally comparable indicators.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

In 2010, the first phase of the "CELE International Profile on Educational Facilities Policy and Practice" pilot project will be completed. This was launched at first meeting of the CELE Group of National Experts on Educational Facilities Evaluation in 2009. At the meeting, 7 countries agreed to develop and complete an international profiles questionnaire. It covers 3 areas: current issues and challenges that could be seen as responding to changes in education, health, social or other policy; decision-making and procurement approaches in educational infrastructure; and additional sources and reference material. The profiles are currently available on a social networking site, and will be available on line in 2010.


Measurement of Human Capital

Purpose

To produce estimates of the stock of human capital based on the discounted income approach, as a contribution to the work of the joint OECD/UNECE/Eurostat Task Force on Sustainable Development Indicators.

Objectives and outputs

Work started in October 2009, following the secondment of officials from Norway and Turkey. A consortium of partner countries has been established. Communication between the Secretariat and members of the Consortium has been ongoing. Data from various OECD sources have been collected and disseminated to partner countries, to fill gaps.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Romania, Russian Federation

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

A first report of the project should be available in late 2010.


Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Purpose

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was created by the OECD member countries in 1997 to produce direct assessments of student performance, on a regular basis in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner; and to provide more relevant and powerful indicators of human capital. PISA produces assessments of reading literacy, mathematical literacy, scientific literacy and a growing range of cross-curricular competencies among 15-year-olds in school.

Objectives and outputs

In 2010, the major initial report from data collected in 2009 will be produced at the end of the year. The major focus of assessment in this round is reading. Moreover, thematic reports will be released in analysing the PISA 2006 data pertaining to the High cost of low educational performance, Students pathways through education and the labour market, The teaching and learning of science, Overcoming socio-economic disadvantages and How students use their learning time.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Peru, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Databases

PISA 2006 international database

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

In 2010, the project enters a new phase in that it will be focusing on the production of a major report arising from the data collection activity of 2009.

Data management:

Based on the PISA 2009 survey, new data will be collected for some non-member countries.


Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Purpose

To identify and measure differences between individuals and across countries in key competencies and other economic and social outcomes believed to underpin both personal and societal success; assess their impact on economic and social outcomes; assess the performance of education and training systems in generating the required competencies at the levels required by social and economic demands; and identify key policy levers that lead to enhancing competencies and their effective utilisation.

Objectives and outputs

The objective for 2010 is to implement the field trial (in April-June) and to prepare for the main survey which will be undertaken in 2011-2012.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Chile, Estonia, Russian Federation

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

The project will leave the development phase and enter the implementation phase.


Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

Purpose

To provide data and indicators on the learning environment in schools and about the work of teachers, as part of the OECD education indicator work.

Objectives and outputs

The further development of indicators and analysis of teachers, teaching and learning through further analysis of the first round of TALIS and preparation of a second round. TALIS focuses on the learning environment in schools, sampling teachers and school principals and aims to provide cross-country data, indicators and analysis on factors influencing effective teaching and learning and the working environment of teachers.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Slovenia

Main Developments for 2010

General aspects:

The first round of TALIS was completed in 2009 with the first results reported in "Creating effective teaching and learning environments: First results from TALIS", published in June 2009. A selection of indicators was also published in Education at a Glance 2009. The work in 2010 will focus on further exploitation of the data from the first round of TALIS, including through the publication of thematic reports and also the preparation of a proposal for the next round of TALIS.