The peer learning event under the title “Using and improving the EU-SPI in the field of Education and Lifelong Learning” took place in Budapest on the 11th of February 2020. It was hosted by HETFA and was held in the framework of the “Measuring what matters to EU Citizens: Social Progress in European Regions” project financed by DG Regio (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy). The objective of the event was to discuss good practices and issues of education and lifelong learning at regional level – both in practice, policy making and data collection. There was a discussion about the main indicators and goals through which social progress and state of education can be measured; at the same time, other aspects in this area that could be considered worthy of including in the EU-SPI were also discussed.
Experts from Hungary and the international organisation EURYDICE shared their insights while the regions had also the opportunity to share and discuss good practices; the outcomes fo the event are concrete suggestions for the EU-SPI in relation to indicators covering the field of education and lifelong learning that will be further discussed with DG REGIO. The event documents and presentations are available here.
HETFA is involved as consortium partner in this project which we consider an important professional opportunity: aiming to empirically test how the EU Regional Social Progress Index could be used to inform and improve policy-making in relation to policies supported by cohesion policy. Furthermore, mapping various good practices and their international applicability is an important motivation for us. More details about the project are available on the website: https://eu-spi.eu/