Past Projects

OSA - One Step Ahead (2011-2013)

Leader: Regione Toscana (IT)

Partners: Earlall (BE), University of Florence (IT), Basque Government (ES), Welsh Assembly Government (UK), Jamtland (SE), Styrian Association for Education and Economics (AT), Provincial Association of the Popular Universities (Volkshochschulen ) in Baden-Württemberg (DE), Melius srl (IT) - project coordinator.

Summary: A group of Regional Governments was committed to identify youth policies that, in the framework of coherent and comprehensive LLL, affect the life cycle of citizens aged 16-32. OSA focused on policies aiming at supporting labour market and social inclusion. Strategies/policies/measures of OSA regions were evaluated and selected for learning purposes and for transfer.

OSA main outputs consisted of Regional Reports (EN) and the Comparative Report (EN) where LLL youth policies/strategies as they were implemented on a regional/local level were described/validated/analysed in a comparative perspective along with their progress/results achieved in OSA territories. Outputs were gathered into supplying a support web service for institutions and their mutual learning and transfer.


Seminar “Youth: One Step Ahead” on 7th March 2012 at the Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Final Conference “A Guarantee System for Youth Policies - One Step Ahead towards Employment and Autonomy” on 21st and 22nd February 2013, Florente (IT).

OSA Comparative Report

OSA Brochure

Policy Paper “A system of Guarantees for Young People. The contribution of Regional Policies”.


PRECOLL - Policies for Regional Cooperation in Lifelong Learning (2008-2010)

Leader: University of Florence (IT)

Partners: Andalucia (ES), Catalunya (ES), Tuscany Region (IT), Jämtland County Council, NIACE Dysgu Cymru (UK), Province of Livorno (IT), Welsh Assembly Government (UK), University of Florence (IT).

Summary: The core objective was to improve quality and effectiveness of regional/local LLL policies through transregional cooperation at European level allowing innovative policy practices to be learnt and transferred within different systems.

Project activities and objectives: In consideration of a comprehensive approach, a network of Regional/Local Governments in the field of LLL has been strengthened. Concrete transfer of innovative policy measures/ practices relevant for European Benchmarks in the field of LLL policies has been promoted and implemented through a model of comparative action. The comparative action model has been based on a scientific systematisation of the policy learning and policy transfer cases.

The impact was in terms of promoting transfer of innovation in LLL policies according to the Lisbon goals; managing the institutional policy learning and transfer processes; improving the virtual support service through its utilisation by Regional/ Local governments; increasing the cooperation among them; fostering Regional/Local institutions participation to the European debate on LLL strategies development and improvement.


Comparative Study “Building a broad strategy for the next European planning period”

Policy Paper

Seminar “Policy for Regional Cooperation in the field of Lifelong Learning. Building a wide strategy for the next European planning period” on 16th February 2010, Brussels.

SMOC - Soft Open Method of Coordination (2008-2011)


Partners: Melius (IT), University of Florence (IT), Tuscany Region (IT), DIE (DE), Region Västra Götaland (SE), Region Syddanmark (DK), Gobierno Vasco (ES), OA Vidin (BG), Welsh Assembly Government (UK) and STVG (AT).

Summary: The project aimed to promote policy learning and transfer processes among regional governments in the policy areas where their interest was higher. Such processes encompass quality and effectiveness improvement of regional policies through active trans-regional cooperation around Europe. Moreover, they support mutual institutional learning on innovative policy measures and their transfer into other regional systems, where feasible.

This is made possible due to the effectiveness of the Soft Open Method of Coordination (SMOC) model elaborated through the already tested action-driven research worked out by EARLALL and a group of regional goervenments ( The prototype was elaborated in the framework of the project PREVALET.

The core objectives of the SMOC project were to maximise the achievements of the Prevalet accompanying tools and to support transfer of VET/LLL practices among regions.


SMOC leaflet

Joint Progress Report

REKNOMA - Regional Knowledge Management (2007)

Leader: Regione Toscana (Italy)

Partners: Vejle Amt (Denmark), Västra Götaland Region (Sweden) and Pont-Tech s.c.a.r.l (Italy)

Summary: The REKNOMA project aimed at identifying a model of regional governance and promoting innovation and knowledge management that can be implemented in various European regions, taking into account their diversity and different institutional make-up. The project promoted co-operation among various regional actors by setting up territorial agreements between enterprises and producers in the research, innovation and training fields.


Book “Regional Knowledge Management - Promoting Regional Partnerships for Innovation, Learning and Development” (Edited by Paolo Federighi, Andreas P. Cornett and Magnus Ljung). For a copy, please contact

EDA EDU - System in Action for Study Circles in Vocational Training (2007-2009)

Leader: Idee in Rete

Partners: EAEA (B), EARLALL (B), (I), Gothenburg Folk High School (S), Marche Region (I), Tuscany Region (I).

Summary: Eda Edu aimed to develop competences for trainers concerning transfer of innovation in SMEs through the use of Study Circles. It is targeted on organisations of VET system and SMEs.

The project aims to promote training for trainers in non formal vocational training. It defined a “Model of Competences” for trainers in that specific field and disseminated it together with other best practices through a “Model of Transfer”. The development of competences for trainers wias realised through an experimentation process based on the related Model and focused upon the introduction of Study Circles concerning transmission of innovation in SMEs.

The project also realised a Transnational Consortium, opened to other potential partners around Europe, along with a Transnational Service which provided tools, information and training service in order to maintain and consolidate trainers’ competences on transfer of innovation within SME through the use of Study Circles.


ESVaC - European Scheme for Validation of Competences (2005-2007)


Partners: Melius (IT), University of Florence (IT), Tuscany Region (IT), DIE (DE), Region Västra Götaland (SE), Region Syddanmark (DK), Gobierno Vasco (ES), OA Vidin (BG), Welsh Assembly Government (UK) and STVG (AT).

Summary: The first objective of the project was the construction and testing of a common reference scheme for the processes of validation of competencies acquired in formal training contexts. The scheme was constituted by common principles characterised in terms of macro-criteria and macro-indicators in process in order to guarantee that, in spite of different procedures adopted by different countries, the process leading to the validation and certification of the acquired competencies answered to shared general principles.

EUREVINQ - Certified Qualifications in the European wine sector (2006-2008)

Leader: Region of Tuscany

Partners: EARLALL (BE), Institut für Internationale Zusammenarbeit des Deutschen Volkshochschul- Verbandes- Projektbüro Sofia, Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, Landesvereinigung für ländliche Erwachsenenbildung in Rheinland- Palatinate, Ministerium für Witrtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau, Junta de Andalucia ED. Torretriana, CFPPA – Centre de Formation Professionelle et de Promotion Agricoles de Montreuil- Bellay, Kétoldalú – Szakképzési Alapítvány a Borszektorban, Regione Toscana, Madona District Council, Instytut Technologii Eksploatacji - Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy

Summary: The project EUREVINQ is developing and testing an innovative, modular and certified concept of further education. The results of the project are meant to broaden the competence of it’s target group (employees of different qualification and employment status: seasonal workers, part- time employees, part-time wine growers, relatives landing a hand and self-employees in the European wine growing industry and trade) within the context of a life-long learning process.

Senior@work (2005-2008)

Leader: Province of Livorno and Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo

Partners: Tuscany Region, Livorno Municipality, Collesalvetti Municipalità, Circondario della Val di Cornia,Rosignano Municipalità, Portoferraio Municipality, Piombino Municipality, University of Florence, CAN Servizi, Confcommercio, Permanent Territorial Center of Portoferraio, CGIL Livorno, CSP UIL Livorno, Local Equal Opportunity Committee, Local Equal Opportunity Adviser, C.O.R.A.Li onlus, ARCI Solidarietà, Efeso, Permanent Territorial Center of Rosignano (c/o Junior High School "Fattori"), Permanent Territorial Center of Livorno, Permanent Territorial Center of Piombino, APIFINSER Toscana, UST CISL Livorno, E.A.R.L.A.L.L. (Brussels, Belgium), Westmeath Employment Pact (Westmeath, Ireland), Videnscenter for integration (Vejle, Denmark)

Summary: The project aimed to promote a knowledge based labour market in order to increase the employment rate of senior male/female workers. This objective was pursued through formal and non formal training to retrain and re-motivate the senior workers with diversity management systems to reduce stereotypes and discriminations in companies. The project was based on the possibility of the individual to extend his own working period according to his own personal aspirations and needs. The actions of awareness rising, training, network, creation of business, comparison and transnational exchanges were directed to create paths of professional growth extended to the whole working period of people and comparable indicators at European level.


PREVALET - Policies for Regional Valorisation of Education and Training (2005-2007)


Partners: Regione Toscana (IT),Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DE), Region of Southern Denmark (DK), Basque County (ES), Region de Andalucia (ES), Universitá degli studi di Firenze (IT), Orebro University (SE), Vidin District (BG), The National Assembly for Wales (UK),l Västra Götalandsregionen (SE)

Summary: Prevalet intends to create a device that supports the Open Method of Coordination among Regional Governments applied to the field of regional policies on professional training with the aim of increasing its quality and of supporting the transfer of innovation among the systems. Such device will be activated at regional level and it will concern the policies intended for young drop outs and for non formal education for adults.


Books: 'Tools for Policy Transfer - Supporting Regional Lifelong Learning Policies' (By Paolo Federighi and Francesca Torlone) and 'Learning among Regional Governments - Quality of Policy Learning and Policy Transfer in Regional Lifelong Learning Policies' (By Paolo Federighi, Carina Abrèu and Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein). For a copy, please contact

The Differences Game (2005)


Partners: Association WOW - Women on Work Onlus, (IT), Regione Toscana, (IT), Consejeria de Educacion, Junta de Andalucia, (ES), Vidin District Administration, (BG)

Summary: The general aim of the project was to evaluate men’s roles, in the promotion of gender equality and in the balance of work and family life, by means of an awareness course. In the cultural change, individual citizens participate actively, and the role-play approach to gender themes was particularly aimed at the men.

FinALE - Financing Adult Education

Final outputs now available here

The Finale project was created to provide a comprehensive analysis of financing adult learning in Europe.

In a context of demographic change and increasingly complex needs of society, adult education is a crucial instrument for promoting social cohesion. However, often adult learning is underfunded as compared to other sectors of the education system. For example in the German province of Lower Saxony the proportion of adult education at public funding of education is less than one percent. However, the problem is not limited to Germany. Adult education throughout Europe faces the challenge to secure its financing, or where possible improve it. Adult education providers themselves must cooperate accross Europe to lay the foundations for better decision-making in financing adult education, and to share best practice.

For adult education providers in Europe there is, therefore, urgent need to find European answers to questions such as:

• Why is investment in adult education necessary?

• How should the financing be measured so that the measurement is comparable across countries?

• Which fields of adult education should be supported?

• How does funding of adult educaton impact the lifelong learning of individuals?

• What is European best practice of funding adult education?

The Finale project brings together partner organisations from six European countries, and organisations working Europe-wide. Over a period of two years they will co-coperate to analyse existing funding opportunities and to develop recommendations for ensuring sustainable funding in the future.

The Finale project started in February 2016. Operative work is planned to run for two years. Results will be published and remain available for the public. The project is co-funded via the Erasmus+-programme of the EU under the Key Action "Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices".

BRIDGE - Building up Regional Initiatives to Develop GuidancE for low-skilled adults (2015-2017)

Offering quality guidance services to all citizens at any point in their lives is an important challenge for regions. The project focuses on special guidance needs of low-skilled adults, especially of those who are in employment but at risk of being excluded from the job-market because of missing qualifications. Companies employing low-skilled adults are involved. The project partners are analysing the access to and quality of guidance services for low-skilled adults in Baden-Württemberg/Germany, Bretagne/France and Jämtland/Sweden from different perspectives and with different methods and activities. In a second step, they aim at the adaption, testing and transfer of best practice tools and processes in the field of guidance from one region to the others.

At the heart of the project, a study and handbook will be produced which collects information, good examples and suggestions on the access to and quality of guidance services. The study addresses several thousand professionals working in the field of guidance in the participating regions and beyond. It will give them an overview of measures to support the up-skilling of low-skilled adults in the BRIDGE regions, it comprises the analysis of best practice projects, it includes results of two surveys among counsellors and low-skilled people, it defines key-performance factors for counselling and it will contain a self-assessment-tool for institutions that are active in the field of guidance.

The project is a continuation of the work of the working group on lifelong guidance of the European network EARLALL. One of the main strengths of the BRIDGE project is the fact that it is complementary to latest developments and innovative projects in the field of guidance on a regional level. In addition, an exchange of experiences during international project meetings, on-site visits of best practice measures in the participating regions and other training/multiplying activities will take place.

Longer term benefits of the project are:

1. to strengthen guidance networks, cooperation between organisations and measures to support low-skilled target groups through European mutual learning.

2. to innovate the access of low-skilled adults to lifelong guidance in participating regions and beyond.

3. to improve the quality of guidance with a view to the needs of low-skilled adults by supporting professionals in guidance services.

4. consequently, to increase the participation of low-skilled adults in up-skilling activities.

Check out this video summary of BRIDGE taken during one of our conferences

TAGS - Transational Actions Against Gender Stereotypes (2004)


Partners: Vidin District, Basque Government, Regione Toscana - PIN s.r.l. Servizi Didattici e Scienfifici per L'Universita di Firenze, Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali Consigliera, Regionale di Parita della Toscana, Provincia di Arezzo, Provincia di Postoia

Summary: The overall objective was to overcome gender stereotypes (particularly in the media and computer-mediated information and entertainment, in advertising, and in educational material) through comprehensive integrated approach.