Research on the follow-up and effectiveness of new rapid learning actions in continuous learning (JOUSTE)

Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s government program and its implementation plan aim to raise the employment rate by 2023. Promoting employment requires a strong investment in education and skills. In the next two years, Finland will implement training packages that will be implemented in the short term and support employment, in order to meet the needs of the employed and those at risk of unemployment.

The JOUSTE research project (Monitoring and effectiveness of new fast-track actions in lifelong learning) will provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the projects and support their most effective and efficient implementation. The project is funded by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The study provides information to support the reform of lifelong learning and the increase in the employment rate. The study comprehensively examines the effects of the funded projects on the participants in the measures, training organizations and, more broadly, on the availability of skilled labor and employment. To support evaluation and project implementation, an evaluation and monitoring system will be set up to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of lifelong learning activities and to support projects so that they operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The research is based on the analysis of data collected from different perspectives and sources. The work collects quantitative and qualitative data and combines data from different statistical databases. The study also includes a statistical analysis based on a benchmarking system, which analyzes the individual effects of the activities in more detail. The project produces proposals for improving the functionality and effectiveness of operating models.

The project approach has been chosen as developmental evaluation and a multi-perspective approach. From the point of view of developmental evaluation, the aim is to support the most effective and efficient implementation of projects. This includes the effort to identify effective business processes, identify and disseminate good practice, strengthen the culture of continuous improvement among actors, increase the guiding mindset, develop established practices and lay the groundwork for their implementation. Therefore, the research will be carried out in close dialogue with the subscriber and other key stakeholders. During the work process, several dialogue workshops related to the development of activities and the introduction of good practices are organized.

The project has started in August 2020 and will continue until the end of 2022. The project is implemented by MDI Public Oy, University of Lapland, Melkior Oy and Kirsi Pulkkinen Consulting.

Additional information

Päivi Bosquet, Education Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture
paivi.bosquet@minedu.fi, tel. 029 533 0375

Mikko Valtakari, leading expert, MDI Public Oy
mikko.valtakari@mdi.fi, tel. +358 40 569 1568