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Mechanisms for evidence-based policy-making
Eurydice's recent report on Support Mechanisms for evidence-based policy-making explores: 
  • the types of evidence that are used in making education policy 
  • the similarities and differences between European countries' approaches to using evidence 
  • the mechanisms which support evidence-based policy-making. 
The report's key findings are listed below. 
  • A high quality evidence-base for effective policy-making is a key factor in improving education systems. 
  • Most countries have official arrangements with a range of different types of organisations that could potentially provide evidence to education policy-makers.  Across the UK, policy formulation can involved a particularly wide range of evidence sources, including research agencies, national statistics agencies and public/stakeholder consultations.  
  • Only about a third of countries have official arrangements for facilitating education policy-makers’ access to evidence. England, Wales and Scotland are among these, with organisations such as the What Works Network contributing to this. 
Education in the News

Issue 91 of Education in the News has just been published. It covers recent European education news items from ministry websites, education websites and other sources, including the following:

  • how Finland is seeking to meet the educational needs of growing numbers of migrants
  • measures in France and Scotland to recruit more teachers
  • details of a new core curriculum in Poland. 
30 years of Erasmus+

2017 marks 30 years of Erasmus+. The original Erasmus programme began in 1987 as an exchange programme giving higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad.  Over 30 years, it has grown into something much bigger, hence the '+'.

It now funds thousands of opportunities a year, for students, staff, teachers, apprentices and young people, from across education, training, youth and sport. Learn more on the European Commission's dedicated Erasmus+ 30 website.

What next?
Erasmus+ runs until 2020.  The European Commission has published an online questionnaire to gather views on the purpose and impact of Erasmus+. This consultation is a key part of the mid-term evaluation to help shape how the programme might look after 2020. The deadline for contributions is 31 May.

Current status of Erasmus+ programme in the UK
The Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, has produced an updated statement for UK applicants, beneficiaries and stakeholders about the status of the Erasmus+ programme. This statement is intended to provide reassurance in the context of the triggering of Article 50, beginning the process of the UK’s exit from the European Union (also known as Brexit). 

Eurydice Direct is published by the Eurydice Unit at NFER, the unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Eurydice network. It includes information about Eurydice network activities, reports and resources, including the latest edition of 'Education in the News', our round-up of education developments across Europe.
We welcome feedback of any kind, so please email us with comments, questions or suggestions.
Recent publications
Support Mechanisms for Evidence-based Policy-Making in Education (January 2017)

Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016 (November 2016). Also available as thematic overviews (February 2017)

A full list of all Eurydice Network publications in 2016 is available.


Key Data on Languages at School in Europe (May 2017)

Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff (June 2017)

Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2016/17 (June 2017)

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