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Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners (GOAL): Final cross-country evaluation report
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    Carpentieri JD, Litster J, Cara O, Popov J
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    0, 289
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    European Commission
  • Keywords:
    evaluation, Realist Evaluation, guidance, career counselling, educational guidance, adult education, low-educated adults, early school leavers, lifelong learning
  • Addresses:
    JD Carpentieri
    University College London
    Education, Practice and Society
    20 Bedford Way
    WC1H 0AL
    United Kingdom
The “Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners” Project (GOAL) was a collaboration between six partner countries: Belgium (Flanders), the Czech Republic, Iceland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. The hypothesis underpinning GOAL was that an independent one-stop guidance service putting the specific needs of low-educated adults at its centre could help to increase the participation of this target group in adult education. To this end, each of the six countries piloted new guidance models to specific target groups within the low-educated adult population. The GOAL evaluation was carried out by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), London, working with local evaluation teams in the participating countries. The evaluation drew on Realist Evaluation principles and had three overarching aims. The first was developmental: to support programme development across the six countries by providing evidence during the life of the pilot on programme processes and adaptations. The second was summative: to assess the impacts of GOAL on service users and other programme stakeholders. The third aim focused on knowledge cumulation: to support future policy and programme development in the field of adult education guidance. Five research questions underpinned the evaluation: 1. To what degree did programmes achieve their implementation aims across the five intervention objectives, and what factors at programme and policy level appeared to influence the achievement of implementation aims? 2. What service user outcomes were achieved, for what groups, and to what degree? 3. What programme-level factors were associated with the achievement of positive service user outcomes? 4. What policy-level factors were associated with the achievement of those outcomes? 5. To what degree were programme expectations met?
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