Information production on focus areas

Producing information on focus areas is one of the tasks assigned to FINEEC. This means producing information on predefined and socially significant focus areas to support decision-making and development work at all levels ranging from Finnish society and the education system at large to the local level.

The focus areas of information production are specified in the National plan for Education Evaluations, which guides FINEEC’s work. FINEEC will produce publications that cover all evaluation activities in each focus area at least once during the current four-year evaluation plan period. The first publication, the theme of which is Promoting equity, is due to come out in Fall 2021.

Information on focus areas is also produced in the context of FINEEC’S expert statements.

Focus areas of evaluation activities

During the plan period 2020–2023, the focus areas of the evaluation activities and the questions that these areas seek to answer are as follows:

Information production on focus areas by project

The table below shows the focus areas on which FINEEC’s evaluation projects in the plan period of 2020–2023 will produce information. For more information on a project, click on its title. Please note that evaluations that have not yet started do not currently have their own pages. For the precise schedules of evaluation projects, see the attachment to the  Evaluation plan titled Projects by year (p. 32).

Evaluation Learning and competence development Promoting equity Improving the effectiveness of the education system Supporting continuous improvement
Early childhood education and care
Evaluation of the experiment for free of charge early childhood education and care for five-year-olds 2018-2021, phase 2
Guidelines and recommendations for evaluating the quality of early childhood education and care
Leadership in early childhood education: The current state, strengths and areas of development 2021-2023
Evaluation of pedagogy for five-year-olds as well as the current state and development needs of skills and art education in early childhood education and care
Evaluation of the experiment for free of charge early childhood education and care for five-year-olds 2018-2021, phase 3
General education
Longitudinal assessment of learning outcomes in basic education, first and third grade
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: Swedish (A and B syllabus), grade 9
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: Mother tongue and literature (SU, SV, from 2022 also S2), grade 9
Small-scale longitudinal assessment of mother tongue (Swedish as the mother tongue)
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: Mathematics, grade 9
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: English (A syllabus), grade 9
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: Finnish (syllabus A and native-like syllabus), grade 9
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: History and social studies, grade 9
Assessment of learning outcomes in basic education: Religions and culture, worldview and ethics, grade 9
Evaluation of the implementation of the national core curriculum for pre-primary and basic education
Differentiation in basic education
Study on the causes and background factors resulting in differences in learning outcomes between and within the genders
State and effectiveness of preparatory education and instruction in the pupil’s own mother tongue
Evaluation of methods that prevent bullying and improve wellbeing and the disciplinary climate
Social inclusion research project
Engaging school community work
State of the general upper secondary school
Vocational education and training
Evaluation of the quality management systems of vocational education and training providers and developing the evaluation model and criteria
Learning outcomes evaluations in vocational education and training (VET)
Assessment of learning outcomes of common units in vocational education and training
Working life orientation and cooperation in vocational education and training
Individual learning pathways in vocational education and training
Overall evaluation of the qualifications system for VET
Higher education
Evaluation of higher education in social and health care
Evaluation of higher education in law
Evaluations of higher education: natural sciences and key bioeconomy sectors: agriculture, forestry, food manufacturing and environmental fields
State and renewal of higher education pedagogy
Flexible Learning Pathways in Higher Education
Audits of higher education institutions
Liberal adult education
Literacy training for immigrants
Evaluations across levels of education
Immigrants’ educational pathways
Ability of the education system to respond to challenges of continuous learning in sudden structural changes
Evaluation of ECEC education programmes
Students’ growth into active and critical citizens in upper secondary education
Impacts of the exceptional teaching arrangements on the realisation of equality and equity.

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