How does it work

How Does It Work

This web-tool supports Quality Assurance National Reference Points to fulfil their role, as set out in the EQAVET Recommendation from the European Parliament and Council in 2009. The Recommendation invites Member States to promote and monitor continuous improvement in their VET systems based on a common framework. This framework is comprised of a quality assurance and improvement cycle of planning, implementation, evaluation and review supported by indicative descriptors and indicators.

This Recommendation is based on the four stages of the quality assurance cycle (planning, implementation, evaluation and review). For each stage of the cycle, the Recommendation includes:

  • indicative descriptors which can be used to measure the effectiveness of existing arrangements;
  • indicators which can be used to measure performance.

The web-tool is set out in two sections:
1. guidance at a regional or national (at system level) –blue site-;
2. guidance for individual VET providers (at provider level) –green site-;

1. Guidance at a regional or national (at system level)
This web-tool can be used by Quality Assurance National Reference Points to:

  • stimulate further thinking on how to develop or introduce quality assurance mechanisms at a system or VET provider level;
  • explore ideas relating to the design of a national or regional quality assurance system
  • assist VET providers to consider or evaluate their own approach to quality assurance;
  • examine how other Member States and VET providers are operating a quality assurance system.

The tool has been designed to offer Quality Assurance National Reference Points a choice of whether to explore quality assurance at a system level or a provider level. Within each of these sections, there is a common structure which includes:

  • guidance on the indicators in the EQAVET Recommendation;
  • guidance on the indicative descriptors in the EQAVET Recommendation;
  • a glossary of key terms used in a quality assurance context;
  • an extensive collection of case studies demonstrating how Member States or VET providers have approached quality assurance;
  • a set of Building Blocks which offer practical advice on what could be done to develop quality assurance.

For those interested in quality assurance at a system level, the tool has two sets of guidance on:

  • building a quality assurance system. This section offers support for those introducing or modifying a national or regional approach to quality assurance. It’s focus is on the indicative descriptors in the Recommendation, all four stages of the Quality Assurance Cycle and a series of practical steps, called ‘Building Blocks’.
  • monitoring an existing quality assurance system. The focus is on the indicators in the EQAVET Recommendation and the Evaluation and Review stages of the Quality Assurance Cycle.

In addition, the web-tool includes examples of good practice across Europe, a glossary of key terms used in VET, links to European documents relating to VET and a summary of Member States’ progress in implementing this Recommendation.

Quality Assurance National Reference Points can use this guidance in a number of ways including connecting to the following pages:

2. Guidance for individual VET providers (at provider level)
For those interested in supporting VET providers, the web-tool has two sets of guidance for those

  • who want to introduce a systematic approach to quality assurance. The focus is on the indicative descriptors in the Recommendation, all four stages of the Quality Assurance Cycle and a series of practical steps, called ‘Building Blocks’ which can help to design or implement a quality assurance approach;
  • VET providers seeking to improve their existing approach. The main focus of this section is on indicators, how they can be measured, how they can be monitored, and how they can be used for self improvement.

Quality Assurance National Reference Points can use this guidance in a number of ways including connecting to the following pages:

  • http://www.eqavet.eu/qc/tns/building-your-system/planning/descriptors-list.aspx contains a series of contrasting statements for each indicative descriptor. It invites VET providers to consider which of two statements best describes their own quality assurance approach. This is a self-analysis which supports self-reflecting in order to stimulate change;
  • http://www.eqavet.eu/qc/tns/building-blocks/introduction.aspx contains a full set of the six Building Blocks at a provider level. Each is explained and there are links to the case studies from Member States showing how these have been used in designing quality assurance processes at VET provider level;
  • http://www.eqavet.eu/qc/tns/monitoring-your-system/evaluation/intro.aspx contains detailed guidance on collecting data to support the reporting of progress as measured by the EQAVET indicators. It focuses on the evaluation and review stages of the Quality Assurance Cycle, the EQAVET Indicators, and how they can be used for self-monitoring containing detailed guidance on collecting, analysing, using and storing data to support the reporting of progress as measured by these Indicators. It also includes guidance on how to support stakeholders by developing a common understanding of the Indicators. 
  • http://www.eqavet.eu/qc/tns/building-your-system/introduction.aspx is the main page for those that wish to consider all four stages of the quality assurance cycle. This page gives a brief introduction to each stage and explains how they are linked together;
  • http://www.eqavet.eu/qc/gns/case-studies/all-case-studies.aspx is the main page for those who are interested in case studies at VET provider level. These case studies are organised alphabetically and each contains a brief summary as well links to other web sites where additional information can be found.

 
 To view more information on how the tool works, please download the EQAVET Quality Cycle Users' manual here or download the brochure on the IT tool: EQAVET IT tool brochure

 

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