The first multiplier event of the Finale projectc was held in Porto, Portugal, on 5 April 2017. It focused on the how measuring its economic outcome may be helpful for adult education but also has a downside.
FinALE's third multinational project meeting was held on April 5th, 2017 in Porto, Portugal. The meetings was used for coordination of the ongoing work in the porject.
Participants of the FinALE project workshop.
Parallely, the first multiplier event was held. It focused on positive and problematic aspects of measuring outcomes in adult education, especially with regard to ensuring funding with policy makers.
In spite of the many best practices that showcase the benefits of adult learning, little research has been done yet to investigate the correlation between adult education and its impact on the economy. However, more and more often, funding for adult learning schemes depends on the availability of data that gives clear indications on the cost-benefit-ratio of learning. At the same time, people warn that focusing on the economic outcomes of adult education might lead to neglecting the intrinsic value of non-formal adult learning.
For more on this topic, see here.