Implications for future programme development
Figures show that one third of the clients included in the GOAL programme do not have the opportunity to enrol in education and training programmes because of financial obstacles, where programmes that match their wishes cannot be provided from the various current financing schemes (this applies in particular to older unemployed disabled individuals).
During the project evaluation period the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities established a network of multi-generational centres where, in a relatively open programme, the opportunity is also offered to develop programmes in which these target groups will also be able to enrol.
By monitoring the guidance process, the characteristics of clients and the effects of guidance, we obtained useful data for the effective planning of further measures at the systemic level to design instruments for the financing of suitable programmes and activities for these target groups. Such monitoring of the guidance process also provides the positive experiences and benefits of transferring this method of data collection and analysis into the everyday practice of guidance counsellors in adult education, while at the same time committing national institutions to evaluating the collected data and planning measures on their basis.
Implications of policy
Under ReNPIO 2013–2020 and the Operational Programme for the Implementation of European Cohesion Policy 2014–2020, priorities for the planning and implementation of various measures for these target groups, included in the GOAL project, have also been formulated at the national level. Realisation of the objectives of ReNPIO 2013–2020 and the Annual Programme of Adult Education is monitored at the national level via a web application, although we do not have sufficient qualitative and quantitative indicators to monitor guidance activities in all adult education organisations in Slovenia.
Implications for policy
The experience of collecting data (quantitative and qualitative) in the GOAL project provides a good starting point for an expansion of the national application for the monitoring of guidance in adult education. As well as the monitoring guidelines in ReNPIO 2013-2020, we need to follow European documents and recommendations such as the renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning (2011), the New Skills Agenda for Europe (2016) and Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults (2016), which means strengthening the focus on monitoring the effects of guidance in adult education.
It is the project group's recommendation that analysis of the evaluation of guidance should be presented periodically and discussed by the expert councils responsible for education in Slovenia.