Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Briefer than brief  – The EBSN collection of Evidence Based Policy Recommendations for Basic Skills in Europe

Background for this initiative

From the very start of the EBSN network its members have aimed at gathering and presenting relevant research evidence from all over Europe. Our vision is to cluster existing research results to use them as a base for policy recommendations. The resulting policy briefs will be used by the EBSN members, as policy makers and policy providers in our field, as a tool to renew and empower further development in the area of basic skills for adults, both in their own countries and at European level.

Policy briefs are often quite lengthy documents presenting the relevant research results, but including also both detailed information on how the information was acquired and discussions on possible interpretations of what these results may or may not imply.

The aim of the EBSN policy brief collection, however, is to provide its target group with a series of very brief presentations of sound evidence that clearly speaks of the need for concrete action. These briefs will therefore be edited so they can appear as very brief summaries. They will in short be briefer than brief.


With Briefer than brief the EBSN intends to gather reliable research results that can be translated into concrete policy recommendations for the field of basic skills training for adults. The recommendations may address any relevant issue at governance, structural, financial, or curricular level as well as issues such as motivation, monitoring, quality, assessment and professional development of teachers


The initiative to create a publication in the Briefer than Brief collection will come from the Executive Committee. A small Task Force of researchers will be created for each of the briefs. A first version of the brief will be put together by the Task Force, who will subsequently request further contributions from the members, ie similar research results that can build up the evidence for the suggested recommendations. Each of the briefs will be published on the EBSN web site as soon as it is completed, and become part of a growing EBSN collection.

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