This is the final report for the Adult Learning and Returns to Training Project. The purpose of this report is to provide a high-level overview of each of the project phases and to provide a discussion of the key contributions of this project including a discussion of data needs and preferred research designs to inform future research agendas. The Adult Learning and Returns to Training Project is a three-year multi-disciplinary and collaborative effort to further the knowledge base of conceptual, analytical and methodological issues concerning the scope and measurement of adult learning activities and their associated financial and non-financial returns to individuals, firms and society at large.
The research project has three broad objectives:
1. To develop and test a comprehensive theoretical, analytical, and methodological framework for understanding and measuring the wider outcomes of adult learning;
2. To test this framework by conducting empirical research to address policy relevant research questions such as who should invest in adult learning activities, what is the relative role of governments, firms, and individuals in fostering these investments, and what are best practices for adults with low education and/or low skills;
3. To identify data needs and preferred research designs to inform future research agendas.
Published: April 2014
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Adult Training
Population: General Population - Low-skilled Workers