On 11 October 2018, PPMI submitted the Final Report for the Evaluation of the Torino Process, one of the flagship projects of the European Training Foundation (ETF). The Torino Process is a biennial participatory analytical review of the status and progress of vocational education and training (VET) in the ETF partner countries (29 countries surrounding the EU, covering the Western Balkans and Turkey, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia). The Torino Process aims to respond to challenges related to VET in partner countries by providing necessary evidence, strengthening the institutional capacity to create evidence, facilitating the use of these evidence for making policy choices, and monitoring the implementation of the chosen policy options.
The overall objective of this assignment was to evaluate the extent to which the Torino Process is effective for policy analysis and system wide monitoring in the ETF Partner Countries. The evaluation covered the third (2014-2015) and fourth (2016-2017) rounds of Torino Process implementation. Geographically, it spanned 25 partner countries. The evaluation had a distinctive prospective analysis element which included the identification and assessment of scenarios based on multi-criteria analysis for the improvement of the next round of Torino Process.
The evidence for the evaluation was collected through desk research and interviews. Desk research included the ETF’s planning and monitoring documents, previous evaluations, the different reports and documents developed during the Torino Process. The evaluation team has conducted around 30 interviews with the ETF staff, representatives of the partner countries and other stakeholders of the ETF, such as the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), UNESCO, ETF Governing Board members from the EU Member States and the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP).
The evaluation found that the Torino Process is a highly relevant cycle of VET policy monitoring in the partner countries which has gradually affected other stages of the policy cycle, including policy formulation and implementation. As partner countries across all four geographic regions face the need to improve their VET policy analysis capacity, to empower stakeholders to participate in policy dialogue, and to reflect on VET development priorities, the TRP remains a relevant and much-needed tool for the partner countries.