Study on Peer Review and the work of the EQAVET Network

Study on Peer Review in VET, conducted by the EQAVET expert Giorgio Alluli in cooperation with EQAVET Secretariat in first half of 2019 is now published. The study provides insights into the benefits of the peer review for the VET system, and includes, among others, reflection on peer reviews organized by Croatian NRP – Agency for VET and AE – together with Austrian, Finnish and Slovenian NRPs in scope of the former EQAVET NRP project.  

Read below the Executive summary and Main results. 


Executive Summary

Peer review in the education and training sector means the evaluation of an institution, activity or product by one or more peers i.e. by someone who does the same or a similar job to those being assessed.

Peer reviews may be conducted on systems (on parts or all of national/regional policies), institutions (providers of education and training e.g. universities, VET schools, quality assurance agencies, etc.) and/or on individual products (academic articles, etc.).

Peer review may be used as an alternative to formal external evaluation.

The analysis presented in this study is based on two sources: desk research into the definition and the implementation of peer review at VET provider and system levels, and documentation provided by the EQAVET national reference points (NRPs), which are funded under Erasmus+ KA3 programmes1.

Main findings

The EQAVET NRPs from Austria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia organised peer reviews of VET providers between 2017–2019. The findings of those reviews were:

  • Peer review is an appropriate methodology for improving quality assurance at school level
  • Peer review should be used regularly to strengthen the quality of the educational offering
  • Peer review of VET providers is an opportunity for transnational cooperation where NRPs agree a common approach to the review process and peers come from different countries.
  • EQAVET NRPs have also organised numerous peer learning activities and study visits as part of the Erasmus+ projects, which are regarded as useful ways of transferring knowledge among peers.

The study is available at the link.

Published on: 12.12.2019