Benchmarking Lifelong Learning performance in Canadian Communities using simulations and a set of 17 selected indicators of learning
Measuring Canada's progress in Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning works as a catalyst to competitiveness, prosperity and social cohesion and yet no country has attempted to measure lifelong learning within its population. The Composite Leaning Index (CLI) developed by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) shows how this gap might be filled by assessing the state of lifelong learning over time, for individual communities and across Canada using the conceptual four-pillar framework of lifelong learning proposed by UNESCO.
The JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) contributed by validating and critically assessing the methodological approach undertaken by the CCL to build the CLI (see relevant JRC report). This methodological revision was done during the composite indicator development and at the end of the process. By doing so, initially subjective design choices were corrected, modified, and ultimately justified, with a view to increase the reliability of the results. The CLI can thus be used to allow for easy spatial and temporal comparisons (benchmarking), prioritize areas in Canada of relatively low lifelong content and monitor and evaluate policies effectiveness. The Canadian Composite Learning Index bears the appealing and necessary features to become a role model for Europe. In fact, such an attempt is currently under development by the Bertelsmann Stiftung together with international research-partners and the JRC-IPSC team to operationalize the concept of lifelong learning in Europe.