Title From Review to Improvement in European Vocational Education and Training
Project Number NL/05/B/F/PP/157527
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text The Technical Working Group “Quality in VET” of the European Commission has developed a Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF) for VET aimed at ...
The Technical Working Group “Quality in VET” of the European Commission has developed a Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF) for VET aimed at supporting VET-providers in the development, evaluation and improvement of quality assurance systems and practices throughout Europe.
The Leonardo Call for Proposals encourages implementation and adjustment of the CQAF via transnational projects, whereby the CQAF serves as the frame of reference. The quality assurance model presented in the CQAF includes four phases:
1. planning (setting goals)
2. implementation (of actions to achieve the goals set)
3. evaluation and assessment (evaluation of programme provision by objectives, and
assessing the achieved outcomes)
4. review, e.g. the discussion of the results of quality assessments among end-users,
detecting causes of under-performance, and translating the conclusions into
The Technical Working Group stresses that the first three phases are only of value if phase 4 is thereafter carried out successfully. It also concludes that despite its crucial importance the fourth phase is often the weakest. Too often evaluations become empty, legitimising rites instead of a basis for organisational learning and the viable transformation and improvement of the system. Thus, in many cases the goal of improving the quality of VET is not realised; performance feedback is under-utilized, goals are not fine-tuned and no strategies are designed to better accomplish the goals set. This conclusion is in line with several other studies* that show that in many organisations valuable evaluative information is not used, or only to a small degree. Experience from such studies is valuable when analyzing how and why the utilization of evaluative information breaks down, and this experience can contribute to the identification of the critical success factors in improving the utilization of evaluative information.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Other Service Activities